Care at Home Pharmacy Team

Examples of Practice

The increased number of older people living at home with one or more long term condition means there is increased risk of errors with medication. This has been identified as a risk for emergency admission to hospital. These older people are not a group who would routinely receive a review.   Post Hospital Discharge a ‘transition’ time for many older people was originally targeted with the service now being available for all Care at Home clients.

Additional support to vulnerable older people to manage their medications can avoid emergency admission to hospital.

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Reablement

Examples of Practice

Older people becoming dependent on Care at Home services and losing their independence after a change in circumstances, e.g. hospital admission or period of illness.

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Vitality Programme out with Leisure Settings

Examples of Practice

This programme provides the opportunity for Community Planning Partnership partners to work together to support older people and promote physical activity within a clear inequalities context.

Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (6% of deaths globally). With the exponential growth in the older population, increasing physical activity and exercise in older people has been identified as a key target by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Active Ageing Framework (2002), to reduce the global burden of non-communicable disease.

Physical activity is beneficial for healthy ageing. There has been increased evidence that physical activity impacts on disease prevention and management, psychosocial benefits and complications of immobility. It also supports the maintenance of independence, improving the quality of life, and ‘successful ageing’ and can provide significant savings to health and social care services

These benefits can be achieved by healthy older people as well as the frail and very old.

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Time Bank Pilot Project – Older People

Examples of Practice

  • To enable older people to accrue volunteering hours which could be registered with the Time Bank resulting in a credit balance. This could then help offset any requirements they might have in the future.
  • To provide learning opportunities for young people to acquire practical living skills such as sewing and knitting.
  • To foster understanding between generations

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