Papermill Gardens: Making an Impact, Penumbra 97

Examples of Practice

This an Examples of Practice illustrating how initiatives and ways of working in housing, housing support and homelessness services have significant positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those people being supported and contribute towards the nine national health and wellbeing outcomes for Integration.

Penumbra wished to transform its services in Aberdeen from existing shared, supported accommodation to a more flexible, personalised approach which offered greater opportunity for ordinary living with each person having their own flat.  They considered that this model would promote recovery.

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Transform Community Development – Seagate Project: Supported Accommodation – A key to the future

Examples of Practice

This an Examples of Practice illustrating how initiatives and ways of working in housing, housing support and homelessness services have significant positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those people being supported and contribute towards the nine national health and wellbeing outcomes for Integration.

This practice example is based on Larry who is currently living at the Seagate Project, which offers tenancies and secure occupancies to individuals who have suffered from severe and enduring mental health issues. Larry’s life had been a succession of admissions to mental health establishments all over the country. As these admissions became longer and more regular it was agreed that he would benefit from living in supported accommodation within the community.

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Intermediate Care – Fife

Examples of Practice

The aim of establishing ICASS in Fife was to transform community services by bringing together uni-disciplinary teams to utilise fully resources available in line with demand, and to coordinate care through a single point of access (SPOA). It contributes to our commitment to ensure the closer integration of the range of community services under one system.

It aims to improve quality of care and outcomes for older people whilst allowing them to remain independent within their own homes or communities, provides alternatives to hospital admission, reduces the number requiring long term institutional care, reduces length of stay for those who require a hospital admission.  It aims to address the following:

  • Moving from an inpatient model of care to a robust community based model of care involving older people and their carers and families in care planning
  • Bringing together teams to make more efficient use of resources to meet the needs/demands of the increasingly elderly population
  • To provide a single point of access
  • To provide alternatives to hospital admission
  • To reduce length of stay if an admission is necessary
  • To provide assessment and care in the person’s own home or a homely setting
  • To achieve and sustain maximum potential and independence; and
  • To reduce numbers going into long term institutional care.

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Carer Support – Woodburn Day Care Club (WDCC)

Examples of Practice

  • To develop an extensive range of innovative and personalised support services to carers.
  • To help increase their social and networking capacity.
  • To give emotional/practical support to carers.
  • To identify needs and coping strategies of family carers.
  • To value and recognise the major contributions that carers make to the delivery of the community care services.
  • Maintaining a quality of life of their choosing.

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Assistive Technology Technician

Examples of Practice

By 2011 telecare had evolved slowly in Aberdeen and it became evident that in order to mainstream efficiently it had to be incorporated into the Community Alarm service. We were then faced with the issue that we required additional staff to assess, review and more importantly raise awareness on telecare provision.  Both professionals and the public had little knowledge of the benefits of telecare and how vital it was as part of the Community Care Assessment.

Studies showed that very few members of the public considered Telecare until/unless the option was highlighted to them by a health or social care professional. The project has the opportunity to raise staff awareness eg by road shows, so that they in turn can be more confident in highlighting to service users and carers.  Many people had been issued with telecare through funding from the National Telecare Development Programme, but the provision had never been reviewed.  Although professionals understood the concept of telecare, information on referrals received demonstrated the lack of knowledge on how the equipment functioned and what the best solution was for the person.

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