To improve access for all carers throughout Cowal & Bute to services which enable carers to adopt a self management approach to health improvement through skill development. Provide information and access to services which will support the carer to achieve and sustain the model of health promotion.
People were telling us how they enjoyed coming together over a meal but either could not get out on their own (mobility factor), could not afford to visit a café or restaurant (income / poverty factor), and did not want to feel they were the recipients of ‘charity’ (independence and dignity factor). People were clear they did not want a solely ‘old peoples lunch’ at a set time and where they could not meet and share with anyone, whatever age.
So, we needed flexible times – an open café approach; lunch or soup and sandwiches but also social activity; transport to enable access for those who could not get out on their own; accessible premises; and a huge amount of volunteer support coupled with older people themselves to shape the service they wanted.
This, then was to address social isolation, poor nutrition, building peer networks, and supporting independence.
How to try and promote awareness and a greater understanding of the 3rd and independent sector to health and council staff.
Promoting the services that third sector and independent sector can and do already provide for older people and how they can prevent avoidable admissions and delayed discharges. Also how to access the organisations and services their, referral systems, costs etc
This Example of Practice is a case study which highlights the use of additional AHP support which was provided to community service users through the use of Change Fund resources.
Service user was referred to speech and language therapy by her GP. She had been experiencing significant word-finding difficulties and was worried about her memory. Previously service user would have waited a lengthy period for assessment which would have required out patient assessment.
The Carers Anticipatory Care Project supports the Reshaping Care for Older People agenda by supporting the carers of older people in their own communities at the earliest point in their caring journey thereby minimising the need for crisis intervention and ensuring that independence is maintained for as long as possible.