Supporting Your Independence

Examples of Practice

Mrs B required support to undertake daily living tasks whilst her fracture healed.  She had limited movement in her arm and had difficulty dressing and preparing meals.  There was no requirement for physiotherapy support but an Occupational Therapist identified a need to assist with dressing, washing, meal preparation and undressing.  The occupational Therapist assessed Mrs B as requiring home care support and appropriate equipment.

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See and Treat

Examples of Practice

Falls are the most common call received by the Scottish Ambulance Service in Aberdeen, with a mid-morning peak.   The purpose of this project was to maximise the number of Older People who can be supported to remain at home, following a fall.  This is intended to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions for older people.

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Reablement

Examples of Practice

The vision for Reablement Services across Glasgow was to:

  • Have an approach that changes the culture of homecare from ‘task and time’ to better outcomes.
  • To ‘do with’ service users rather than to ‘do to’ or ‘do for’.
  • Maximise service users long-term independence and quality of life.
  • Appropriately minimise ongoing support required and thereby, minimise the whole life-cost of care, targeting a 30% reduction.
  • Have service users making the most of their lives.

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Reablement and Crisis Care

Examples of Practice

The re ablement and crisis care service has re-focused its activity to intervene earlier and promote the independence of older people. The new service design has delivered the following improvements

  • 24/7 response to any crisis
  • Fast Track provision of technology and equipment
  • Single point of contact for responding to falls
  • Falls prevention programme
  • Respite for Carers
  • Intensive Re-ablement Programme, building personal resilience
  • Improved alignment of social and health care staff, making better use of resources

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Reablement and developing the Community Equipment Service

Examples of Practice

This project ensures the continued provision of the Reablement pilot (phase 1) and strengthening of the integrated Community Equipment Service to ensure  responsive and integrated delivery of timely interventions whilst developing phase 2 of Reablement in partnership with Care at Home Services in the Western Isles.

It seeks to maximise existing resources, reducing unnecessary dependency, giving practical support to people to live safely, confidently and independently with some short term, intensive, practical support from a dedicated, well trained team.

  • Reablement is services for people with poor physical or mental health to help them accommodate their illness by learning or re-learning the skills necessary for daily living.
  • Reablement seeks to support people, maximise independence and reduce the whole life cost of care
  • Timely provision of equipment to support to reduce the risk of falls, enhance independence and support reablement programmes.

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