‘Moving, for independence’

Examples of Practice

  1. Client accommodation was unsuited for older person safe independent living (first floor, no lift, many steps, poor layout)
  2. Person was frightened by thought of moving; family has pressed to ‘go into a home’ – clearly not older person’s preference.
  3. GP confirmed suitable ground floor accommodation meant no need for move to care home or similar
  4. Greatest barrier was older persons fears – how could I manage to move, how can I afford to move, how do I deal with everyone (who?), how do I pack / unpack.  Do I have to give up independence because I am too old to cope.

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So Much More Than Just Another Lunch Club

Examples of Practice

To work in co-production with teams of older people from specific communities raising the awareness of the importance of good mental health and wellbeing.  To empower them to identify issues, come up with, and test ideas to deliver on actions to address issues identified in the “Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later Life”* report published by Age Concern and The Mental Health Foundation in 2006.

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Older People’s Advice Service (OPAS), operated by Link Housing Association

Examples of Practice

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.

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Development of ‘Coping with dementia’ and ‘Living well with dementia’ DVDs

Examples of Practice

To provide high quality information in the form of DVDs for people with dementia and their carers.

One important aspect to the support of people with dementia and their carers is the availability of high quality information. Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy (2010) and the ‘Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland’ (2011) highlight the importance of information in improving understanding of the benefits of early diagnosis and support through all stages of the dementia journey.

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Borders Care & Repair One Stop Shop

Examples of Practice

To provide a client focused One Stop Shop for a range of services to social and private housing tenants.  To be a centre point for design, specification and provision of adaptations and one point of contact for clients, carers and landlords.  The provision of a client focused service which endeavours to ensure that the client’s needs are met and adaptation failure is minimised.  A central client focused service encourages innovation to provide best value for money whilst maintaining quality.  Similarly, clients are offered good advice and guidance on repairs, improvements and adaptations to their homes all of which guards against potential exploitation.

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