Very few patients had an anticipatory care plan in place should they become unwell and none had a plan should their informal carer become unwell or unavailable. There were often separate plans in both Health and Social Care and sometimes access to the required information out of hours was difficult or the information just unknown, potentially resulting in short term care home admissions and avoidable hospital admissions.
The Golden Games in Aberdeen City won the 2013 UK Award for Health & Wellbeing at the Association of Public Service Excellence.
The Golden Games tackled attitudes about what older people can still actively participate in, linked participants into ways to continue activities sustainably and at little or no cost. In particular the Games included teams of participants from nursing homes, to underline that, in principle, nobody was too old/too frail to participate. Some participants were carers who received indirect support from participation.
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.