How to try and promote awareness and a greater understanding of the 3rd and independent sector to health and council staff.
Promoting the services that third sector and independent sector can and do already provide for older people and how they can prevent avoidable admissions and delayed discharges. Also how to access the organisations and services their, referral systems, costs etc
This initiative tackles social isolation and support to maintain independence through a blend of timebank support, befriending and a focus on person centred outcomes.
Person of 90, isolated within her community since the death of husband, struggling with long term and deteriorating condition; feeling lonely and unable to cope with her garden yet resistant to ‘giving up’ and moving into care.
This case study highlights the use of additional AHP support which was provided to community service users through the use of Change Fund resources.
A man with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease was referred to Speech & Language Therapy. He was experiencing word finding difficulties as his primary symptom and felt frustrated. I visited him at home and heard many stories about his life travelling the world with the army. His wife supported his conversation skills. Denis clearly demonstrated a passion for the topic and was motivated to communicate. I was already working with another man, John, following his stroke. His speech was non- fluent with long hesitations as he struggled to retrieve the word. He had also travelled the world with the army and was interested in sharing his experiences in therapy. Both gentlemen lacked the vocabulary to discuss their past easily with a new conversation partner. Both gentlemen were frustrated by their difficulties and felt increasingly passive. It transpired that both men held the same rank in the army (Warrant Officer 2). I knew little about this rank and their progression to this position. I asked them if they would be interested in working together and they agreed.
This Example of Practice is a case study which highlights the use of additional AHP support which was provided to community service users through the use of Change Fund resources.
Service user was referred to speech and language therapy by her GP. She had been experiencing significant word-finding difficulties and was worried about her memory. Previously service user would have waited a lengthy period for assessment which would have required out patient assessment.
Formal Anticipatory Care Planning and recording were not carried out within the Day Hospital (Medicine for the Elderly). Ensuring that anticipatory care and forward planning are introduced at the most appropriate time in an older person’s life is crucial to planning future care. The team agreed that patients who attended the Movement Disorder Clinic would be most appropriate due to their diagnosis of a degenerative long term condition and in addition these patients are well known to the team and are reviewed regularly.