Anticipated increase in demand related to predicted rise in dementia for people aged over 75. The CHCP already had well-established services for adults with dementia across health, social care, independent and third sectors. However within the framework of local and national demands, we needed to explore more dynamic models of delivery. Partners agreed that there was a need to increase access to the full range of services in a planned and consistent way.
West Dunbartonshire Speech & Language Therapy service is managed by the Community Health & Care Partnership. Before this initiative, between 30% and 40% of referrals received by SLT from local Early Education & Child Care Centres were considered inappropriate, incomplete or unsuitable by an increasingly exasperated SLT staff. Educational services colleagues in turn felt frustrated and unsupported. This was unsatisfactory for all involved, especially patients/clients and carers
Provide a workforce capable of meeting the demands of increased anticipatory care activity within homes or homely settings by addressing the key priorities of the workforce development agenda. These priorities are:
The early identification of carers in order to provide information and support before the caring role begins to have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the carer.
The aim was to identify carers at the point of hospital discharge, and to provide information and support to the carers of older people in Falkirk at this vital time at the start of their caring journey or when their caring role was changing.