An integrated housing and social care plan across local authority, health, third and independent sector providers was implemented to promote service improvement and cost efficiencies whilst improving outcomes for individuals and their carers. Specifically:
To provide services designed to promote independence and wellbeing through flexible and integrated onsite personal care and housing support teams within sheltered and very sheltered housing.
To address recruitment difficulties
To reduce in-house service costs, maximise capacity, reduce duplication and reduce travel time.
To reduce the number of admissions to hospital and facilitate a speedy return home following an illness/crisis.
The Renfrewshire Partnership project provided 325 people with dementia living in the community with telecare equipment over the period 2007/08 to 2011/12. The evaluation demonstrates telecare can be used to support a significant proportion of people living with dementia in the community; they, and their carers, are generally satisfied or highly satisfied with the service. […]
LinkUp is integrated community navigation, signposting and direct support service which uses a single telephone point of contact to enable the streamlining of referrals to, from and between the key community and third sector agencies in West Dunbartonshire thereby helping to support older people maintain their independence at home and in the community.
The service is based on the ‘Village Agents’ model which aims to help local residents quickly and effectively make contact with and be referred to a wide variety of local community and third sector agencies.