To provide the opportunity for informal carers to learn more about palliative care, what it may mean for them as carers and the support they could access and receive when caring for someone who has been identified as being palliative.
The project allows early intervention with customers providing a range of services aimed at decreasing their reliance on medical or other statutory provision. Many of the customers were socially isolated and did not know how or where to access services and community supports OPAL allows for the customer to gain information about local social activities, lunch clubs and advice and information on such issues as benefits, income generation, housing, support for carers and volunteering.
Client accommodation was unsuited for older person safe independent living (first floor, no lift, many steps, poor layout)
Person was frightened by thought of moving; family has pressed to ‘go into a home’ – clearly not older person’s preference.
GP confirmed suitable ground floor accommodation meant no need for move to care home or similar
Greatest barrier was older persons fears – how could I manage to move, how can I afford to move, how do I deal with everyone (who?), how do I pack / unpack. Do I have to give up independence because I am too old to cope.
The evidence base to inform the allocation of the Change Fund was acknowledged to be weak in many areas, and a particular gap was identified in relation to the factors that build and maintain the resilience of older people in the community. Making it Clear was commissioned to build evidence in this area and also to apply the findings in a practical way.