The initiative was supported by the Partnership which wished to reduce levels of delayed discharge from hospital by eliminating or minimising waiting times for telecare installation to support older people living at home with a care package.
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.
Traditionally exercise drop off rates for exercise referral schemes across the UK are very high and reported at 75-80% across the industry post or during the 12 week brief intervention. The aim of Active Living Express is to achieve at least 50% follow on rate which will be achieved through the elements highlighted below.
Identifying older people at risk of admission/ readmission to hospital. High rates of multi-morbidity in older population. Evidence suggests that ‘anticipatory’ discussions with older people with long term conditions regarding their future care choices can reduce avoidable admissions
Prior to this post East Lothian service users who are admitted to any of the Edinburgh Acute hospitals have to be referred to and assessed by the hospital SW if they require an assessment for a possible care home placement. Due to the demand on the hospital SW service, East Lothian service users often had to wait to be allocated and then once the assessment has been completed the SW has to liaise with East Lothian Council regarding vacancies and funding. This in turn could increase the length of stay in an acute bed.