Inverclyde CHCP recognised that we had to develop our partnership working with the Care Home Sector in order that they could deliver care in line with the emerging RCOP agenda, supporting change initiatives in areas such as; Anticipatory Care Planning, Dementia Care and End of Life Care.
All parts of the patient’s support system (the carer, acute and community care services etc) should work together to achieve the best outcome for both the cared for person and the carer. Despite the policy and good practice advice which has been developed to guide us across this pathway, carers often report that they feel ill-informed and that policy is often not reflected in practice.
Establishing Carer Support as a key component of the hospital discharge process addresses the need to identify carers at an early stage and ensure that they are well informed and supported. It also addresses the need to support carers at key times of transition, eg where the admission meant the carer was no longer able to continue care at home and the person they cared for was being admitted to long term care.
The issues addressed are: build social networks and opportunities for participation; suitable and varied housing and housing support; timely adaptations including housing adaptations; co-production; and reablement & rehabilitation. The New Horizons project for older people aims to reduce isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing, and maintain independence within the home
To enable older people to accrue volunteering hours which could be registered with the Time Bank resulting in a credit balance. This could then help offset any requirements they might have in the future.
To provide learning opportunities for young people to acquire practical living skills such as sewing and knitting.