Reablement and developing the Community Equipment Service

Examples of Practice

This project ensures the continued provision of the Reablement pilot (phase 1) and strengthening of the integrated Community Equipment Service to ensure  responsive and integrated delivery of timely interventions whilst developing phase 2 of Reablement in partnership with Care at Home Services in the Western Isles.

It seeks to maximise existing resources, reducing unnecessary dependency, giving practical support to people to live safely, confidently and independently with some short term, intensive, practical support from a dedicated, well trained team.

  • Reablement is services for people with poor physical or mental health to help them accommodate their illness by learning or re-learning the skills necessary for daily living.
  • Reablement seeks to support people, maximise independence and reduce the whole life cost of care
  • Timely provision of equipment to support to reduce the risk of falls, enhance independence and support reablement programmes.

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Closer Working with Housing

Examples of Practice

Within Inverclyde there are six RSL’s, three of  which are national providers which operate specialist housing for disability and older people.  There was a lack of a cohesive approach to implementing the local housing strategy across the CHCP therefore dedicated OT time was sought to develop closer working and appropriate processes.

Reviewing and refining processes across services and organisations.  Influencing choice based letting to ensure that those who have difficulty engaging with the bidding processes were supported.  Working with RSL’s to influence housing allocations and adaptations, and to carry out site surveys to ensure appropriate allocations for those with complex housing needs.  Strengthening the links to allow housing colleagues access to CHCP services.   Signposting RSL’s to link with 3rd sector organisations to provide social activities within sheltered housing complexes.

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Older People’s Access Line (OPAL)

Examples of Practice

The project allows early intervention with customers providing a range of services aimed at decreasing their reliance on medical or other statutory provision.  Many of the customers were socially isolated and did not know how or where to access services and community supports OPAL allows for the customer to gain information about local social activities, lunch clubs and advice and information on such issues as benefits, income generation, housing, support for carers and volunteering.

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Joint Equipment Store

Examples of Practice

Investment to make improvements in the community equipment store to ensure systems are in place to provide outcome focused assessment and the provision of an effective equipment service – This is recognised as the responsibility of all care groups and services as a means of complementing other service provision, interventions and supporting overall service delivery e.g. facilitating hospital discharge.  The Joint Equipment Store was working at full capacity to accommodate the increasing numbers of equipment requests and increasing costs as we strived to support more people in their own homes.

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Social Return on Investment (SROI) on Adaptations and Very Sheltered Housing, Bield, Hanover & Trust Housing Associations and Envoy Partnership

Examples of Practice

To research the Social Return on Investment (SROI) of Stage 3 Housing Adaptations and Very Sheltered Housing.  SROI is a stakeholder-informed cost-benefit analysis that uses a broader understanding of value for money.  It assigns values to social and environmental outcomes as well as to economic outcomes.

Stage 3 adaptations are modifications to a property to reduce a disabling effect on the tenant, and suit the changing needs of the tenant.  Very Sheltered Housing (also termed “Extra Care Housing”) provides enhanced staff cover and additional welfare checks compared to other forms of non-Care Home housing for older and disabled people.

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