Connecting Carers is a third sector organisation that provides information, advice, support and training to unpaid Carers across the Highland region. They work with Carers in person but also have an active web community and popular blog which can be found on their website www.connectingcarers.org.uk
Encourage carers to think about emergency planning and introduce carers to helpful new technology that could be used if an emergency arose.
During October and November 2012, a total of 55 older people were referred from hospital for a Social Work assessment, more than double the number in the same period in 2011. This coincided with an upswing in the number of bed days lost to delayed discharge.
Users of the previous traditional home care service received a service that operated in a culture of ‘doing things for’ people that reinforced deficits and increased dependency. This ‘locked in’ resources with people who had the potential to improve their confidence, self esteem and independence while demand for the service was increasing because of the growing numbers of older people. In addition, there were financial pressures on the local authority.
East Dunbartonshire has the highest ratio of older people in Scotland. The percentage of population with dementia in the area is also greater than the national average and is expected to increase even further.
The clinic model contributes to a more efficient use of existing services through enhanced co-ordination of the existing resources of all of the partner organisations. They deliver flexibly and sensitively the type of advice and support that people with dementia have told us they need.
It had been identified through various forums and networks that there was a lack of understanding around the ethos of co-production & partnership working. Partnership members felt that they would like the opportunity to improve relationships with other organisations, extend community connections and as most organisations are extremely busy they would like to try and achieve this all in one go. So we had to look at how this could be encapsulated within a one-day event.