transfer appropriate people to the HWCRS (e.g. those who meet the agreed criteria)
work with and encourage service users to regain their level of function with regards to mobility, personal care and kitchen tasks resulting in an increase in confidence and independent living for the service user
educate the informal care/family regarding the re-ablement approach to care
encourage socialisation and taking part in mainstream HWC activities
Carer burn-out or extreme fatigue has often been anecdotally cited by carers themselves as the lead cause for the cared-for being moved on to institutional hospital care, often viewed as an avoidable hospital admission.
This can often lead to poor personal outcomes for both the cared-for and the carer. Tackling this in a preventative manner has allowed carers to retain their physical and mental well-being, supporting them in the longer term in their caring role.
The Health Community Collaborative team have undertaken extensive community engagement activities across Perth and Kinross but have experienced difficulties in engaging with men, especially retired older men in our communities that have time and minimal interests to keep them busy and active. The development of Men’s Sheds can be seen as an Early Intervention Strategy.
Falls in older people are common and lead to increased anxiety and depression, reduced activity, mobility and social contact and greater dependence on health and social services. There are many risk factors that can be altered to reduce the risk of falls and raising awareness can resulting behaviour change however older people are often resistant to public health messages on falls. Communicating messages in a way that’s acceptable to older people is challenging (Age UK, 2012).
Earlier Carer identification and intervention. To support:
Older Carers have improved health and wellbeing, they are better supported and less isolated. Carers have better information to allow them to make informed choices about their caring role. Carers are more able to sustain their caring role.