Examples of Practice

Adult Befriending Service – Voluntary Action Orkney

Examples of Practice

Voluntary Action Orkney received funds from Orkney’s Reshaping Care for Older People Change Fund to expand its existing Adult Befriending Service to specifically target older people at risk of or experiencing isolation and loneliness and reduce that isolation and loneliness. In reality many of the issues that befriending can help tackle are not age-specific and the expansion therefore built on a strong base of existing activity, knowledge and experience.

The health and social care partners in Orkney have accepted that there is significant existing evidence to show that isolation can both cause and exacerbate poor health outcomes. Reducing isolation is understood to prevent or at least delay such outcomes from arising and therefore prevent or at least delay the increased use of other more expensive services. The Befriending Service therefore forms an integral part of Orkney’s overall approach to the improved health and well-being of older people.

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Moray Handy Person Services (MHS)

Examples of Practice

MHPS sets out to maintain people independently and safely in their own homes and communities, which has been a key aspiration of all of Moray’s Reshaping Care for Older People Change Plans so far. The partners (NHS, council, third and private sectors) recognise that the small cost of helping maintain independence in this way can represent significant value for money when compared with the costs that result from that independence diminishing.

Such costs might be significant, for example, the cost of admission to hospital or a move to residential care. Local councillors have been especially supportive and this type of service is viewed as an essential part of the picture of support in Moray.

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Midlothian Community Links Project

Examples of Practice

The aim of the Community Links Project is to provide support for isolated elderly people aged over 65 years that are living in the Midlothian area.

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Day Centre Services – Fife

Examples of Practice

The Day Centre Service is a Voluntary Organisation which operates Day Centres for Older People in Kirkaldy, Kinghorn and Buntisland. It is run by Anne Smith and staff.

The main benefits of this project are that it is proactive in sustaining the individual’s independence. It offers people, who are limited in their abilities, the reassurance of socialising in a safe and supportive environment. The users learn new skills as well as maintaining skills they already have. Certain activities besides the therapeutic and social value they hold, also offer rehabilitation in the form of maintaining and enhancing motor skills for those dealing with the effects of strokes or arthritis.

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Town Break Stirling Group

Examples of Practice

Town Break understands the importance of maintaining social relationships, creating new peer support networks and receiving information and advice at an early stage after the diagnosis of dementia. The negative effects of social isolation can be profound for both the person with dementia and their carer, as both may withdraw from previous activities and social connections.

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