To provide a service designed to promote recovery and a return to independent living for service users. Rehabilitation for adults with physical, social, communication and/or sensory difficulties, and for some with reduced confidence following illness, accident or other crisis situation. The objective is to provide an holistic range of social care, therapies and activities to enable service users to achieve and maintain their best possible function and to support their return to independent living.
The overall goal is to decrease dependence on health and social care support, increase community integration and improve the quality of life of individuals whilst also supporting their carers. The client group is older people and adults recovering from illness, accident or acquired brain injuries. During the development of the service a gap for rehabilitation for younger people was identified and the facilities were further developed to enable their discharge from a specialist unit to continue their rehabilitation in a home setting.
To combat poverty and financial exclusion by improving take-up of older people’s benefits with particular emphasis on clients who have health problems, are housebound, or who live in remote areas.
The service aims to ensure that hard to reach older people are given an opportunity to claim the benefits and access the support that they require. Typically older people do not access benefits and support due to multiple barriers. The OPAS delivery model aims to overcome these barriers.
The project focused on Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire and Glasgow.
Age, Home and Community, the Government’s housing strategy for older people emphasises the need to make best use of existing housing, where most older people live. South Lanarkshire’s housing service has been experiencing a significant increase in the demand for adaptations, reflecting the growing needs amongst its tenants. These adaptations are undertaken, as everywhere else, as and when an approach is made and often at a point of crisis in a person’s life.
The Council was keen to find a way to make its housing stock more suitable for older and disabled people when housing was being upgraded. This would benefit the tenant by assessing their individual needs and ‘anticipating’ needs which might arise later, and have cost benefits for the Council by adapting properties at scale.
An integrated housing and social care plan across local authority, health, third and independent sector providers was implemented to promote service improvement and cost efficiencies whilst improving outcomes for individuals and their carers. Specifically:
To provide services designed to promote independence and wellbeing through flexible and integrated onsite personal care and housing support teams within sheltered and very sheltered housing.
To address recruitment difficulties
To reduce in-house service costs, maximise capacity, reduce duplication and reduce travel time.
To reduce the number of admissions to hospital and facilitate a speedy return home following an illness/crisis.