Examples of Practice

Assistive Technology Engineer

Examples of Practice

Prior to telecare being incorporated into the community alarm service, the post holders carried out maintenance, repairs and battery management for the former Grampian Region.  As telecare was developing each area established their own methods of working and this enabled Aberdeen City to utilise the post holders for the telecare service.  Their wealth of knowledge and expertise allowed the service to develop rapidly, once the decision had been taken to incorporate with community alarm.

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Workforce Development – Dementia and Palliative Care

Examples of Practice

Reducing levels of delayed discharge from hospital by providing specialist care at home or in care homes in the community; avoiding unnecessary admissions to hospital by supporting community-based alternatives to hospital admission; expanding and promoting choices for older people in anticipatory care planning; ensuring staff have the right skills to be able to appropriately and effectively support people at home.

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Step Up Step Down Beds

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An agreement was drawn up with three Care Homes within the Kilmarnock area for one room in each home for the purpose of rehabilitation.  The steps up step down beds (as now named) have been purchased by local authority and change fund money.  They will offer an alternative to hospital admission or an early supported discharge when the patient/service users can not be supported at home but are not unwell enough to stay in hospital.  The care homes have embraced this service working closely with all concerned to ensure that the agreed outcomes are met.

Initially getting appropriate referrals was difficult as after assessment, we found we were able support the majority of service users/patients within their own home. At present we are working with the local GPS and Geriatricians to build up trust and confidence in this service so they will refer more complex cases that require the twenty four hour support from the team within the care home.

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Short Breaks Service

Examples of Practice

The type of break traditionally offered to older people and their carers through Adult Wellbeing is a one or two week stay in a care home which suits many older people but not all. There is a shortage of places for breaks in care homes that can be booked in advance which limits choice and can make the process of arranging a break quite pressured.  There are also some older people for whom a stay in a care home is not an appropriate option.

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