Addaction – 55 positive

Examples of Practice

Older drinkers can be more vulnerable and their needs more complex than younger people with alcohol problems. This can be as a result of the potentially greater physical impact of alcohol misuse on older people, as a result of, for example, the interaction of alcohol and medications; higher blood alcohol concentrations caused by body water reducing with ageing; and reduced alcohol tolerance levels.

Many service users from Addactions over 50’s alcohol service also identified social isolation as an on-going issue for them. Once they have became alcohol free and their health and well-being improved, they often found it difficult to exit from the service, and still sought ongoing support. In response, 55 positive seeks to provide an additional care pathway that encompasses peer mentoring, befriending, and social and educational activities.

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Third Sector Locality Partnership Development Programme

Examples of Practice

The North Lanarkshire Partnership has developed a comprehensive, inclusive programme of initiatives designed to build community capacity, resilience and support older people in a range of ways. The Third Sector Locality Development Programme (LDP) is targeting Change Fund investment across the 6 recognised localities in North Lanarkshire in order to support and drive forward focussed development of community based services linked to identified and evidenced need.

The Partnership established a Community Capacity Building Group with the remit to ‘Improve outcomes for older adults and their carers by supporting community capacity that contributes to preventative and anticipatory support to reduce isolation and loneliness; enable participation and values diversity; enhances the use of information, advice and education; improves independence and wellbeing and delays as far as possible the need for more complex care and support.’

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Invigor8 – North Ayrshire

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Invigor8 is an evidence based exercise programme for Falls Prevention for people over 65 who are at risk of fall. This community based programme is suitable for those who have a fear of falling, feel unstable, have a history of falling, have low bone density or family history of osteoporotic fracture.

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West Dunbartonshire LinkUp

Examples of Practice

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.

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Reablement Service – Perth & Kinross

Examples of Practice

Reablement supports a service focus on independence and harnesses the joint input of health and social services.

The Reablement Service launched in Perth City in October, 2010, is designed to help people regain skills that will allow them to live as independently as possible in their own homes. The Reablement service is also key in ensuring the Council can meet the challenges that lie ahead for service provision.

The number of people aged over 65 living in Perth and Kinross is expected to increase by 74% by 2031. The Scottish Government has set national objectives that all Scottish councils must meet, with the focus on helping older people remain in their own homes as independently as possible.

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