Wise Connections – Older Adults Primary Care Mental Health

Examples of Practice

Older adults are under-represented in Primary Care Mental Health. Potential barriers include the perception that common mental health problems are an inevitable part of growing old, social isolation preventing older people accessing psychological therapy services, older people’s views, behaviours and attitudes may get in the way of them receiving psychological therapy and health professionals may inadvertently prevent older people from accessing psychological therapy.

Whilst many older people enjoy an active and fulfilling life, many may develop physical and psychological problems. In long term physical conditions, psychological factors have an important role in helping or hindering people’s responses to the treatment of such conditions.

Failure to address psychological elements hinders rehabilitation, leads to unnecessarily poorer outcomes and overloads hospitals and health care systems.

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Your Wee Red Bus

Examples of Practice

Preventing isolation and keeping older people active and meeting others

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Assessment of quality of care pathway and outcome for older patients

Examples of Practice

The project is targeting older people recently discharged from hospital to obtain feedback on their experiences of hospital care, discharge planning and accessing community support services.  In addition it has looked at the experiences of older people currently in receipt of home care and community services.  The research has focussed on quality of care, patient satisfaction and whether the service needs of older people and their carers are being met.

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Medicines Management – Polypharmacy

Examples of Practice

The aim was to support clinicians in making person centred decisions, to assess and balance the risks associated with Polypharmacy in the elderly. This evidenced improvements in terms of reduced numbers of repeat medications, high levels of staff and patient satisfaction and increased efficiency within the prescribing budgets.

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Early diagnosis of dementia

Examples of Practice

Continue to increase the rate of diagnosis, agree a diagnosis pathway for dementia that complies with the Dementia Standards and enhance current provision of post diagnostic support to achieve the Post Diagnostic Heat Target.

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