Patients with neurological conditions told us that existing commercial exercise programmes were not suitable for them. These patients were coming to see the physiotherapy team as they had no options to self manage.
The project was set up with the primary aim of ensuring that all patients with neurological conditions had access to appropriate exercise opportunities in the community and were supported to access these. The secondary driver was to help them to achieve the best possible wellbeing, mobility and function by using exercise as an opportunity for health improvement.
Client accommodation was unsuited for older person safe independent living (first floor, no lift, many steps, poor layout)
Person was frightened by thought of moving; family has pressed to ‘go into a home’ – clearly not older person’s preference.
GP confirmed suitable ground floor accommodation meant no need for move to care home or similar
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.
Informal engagement with local providers has highlighted an opportunity to support training and development needs, in particular development of leadership and management skills for 9 care home managers and also 3 managers of extra care housing through the My Home Life programme.
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.
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.