Previous mapping of the falls pathway had demonstrated that there was no clear systematic approach to the identification and onward referral of those presenting to the A&E department at the local hospital with a fall.
Prior to telecare being incorporated into the community alarm service, the post holders carried out maintenance, repairs and battery management for the former Grampian Region. As telecare was developing each area established their own methods of working and this enabled Aberdeen City to utilise the post holders for the telecare service. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise allowed the service to develop rapidly, once the decision had been taken to incorporate with community alarm.
Reducing levels of delayed discharge from hospital by providing specialist care at home or in care homes in the community; avoiding unnecessary admissions to hospital by supporting community-based alternatives to hospital admission; expanding and promoting choices for older people in anticipatory care planning; ensuring staff have the right skills to be able to appropriately and effectively support people at home.
The type of break traditionally offered to older people and their carers through Adult Wellbeing is a one or two week stay in a care home which suits many older people but not all. There is a shortage of places for breaks in care homes that can be booked in advance which limits choice and can make the process of arranging a break quite pressured. There are also some older people for whom a stay in a care home is not an appropriate option.
To produce a directory of all the organisations and service provision in North Ayrshire for Older People, split for Mainland and Arran so that all sectors have access to information and know how they can access the services and how to direct older people/carers to them.