Information from Independent Age

Getting extra help at home

If the person you supports needs some help to stay independent at home, there are various options available. Independent Age’s guide ‘Getting help at home’ looks at equipment and adaptations to make life easier, gadgets to make a person feel safer and that can help a person look after themselves at home. Order your free copies

Technology to keep you safe at home
Simple devices known as telecare are designed to keep people safe at home. They can monitor a person’s safety and call for help if anything goes wrong. A person can get devices as small as a portable alarm to wear or movement sensors that can detect if a person has fallen out of bed. Read more

Attendance Allowance Guide
Attendance Allowance is extra money a person can claim if they are over State Pension age and need regular help with their personal care, or supervision to keep them safe. It isn’t means-tested, so a person could claim it whatever their income or savings.
Independent Age’s free guide ‘Attendance Allowance’ looks at who qualifies, how to claim and tips for filling in the claim form.  Order your free copies

 

 

 

Summer is coming at last and it’s hotting up!!

Information from Independent Age:

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Keep your folk’s coooooollllll

Free guide:  looking after yourself during summer

While summer may lift our spirits, temperatures can sometimes become uncomfortable and even dangerously hot. Changes in our bodies as we age mean we’re less likely to notice when we feel hot. If you take precautions, you can avoid the worst effects of the sun.

Look at Independent Age’s latest free guide ‘Summerwise’ which has information on how to stay safe and well in hot weather.
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The Bright Map project

In addition to the Norfolk Community Directory www.norfolk.gov.uk/directory here is another information resource which can help you find out what is happening locally in a specific area:

The Bright Map project aims to highlight some of the amazing community engagement and support across Norfolk.

It was initially founded by the Church of England Diocese of Norwich to promote groups and activities churches run for the benefit of their local communities. Today the site is open to all and promotes projects and community activities run by a wide range of organisations and community groups. If you know of a locally run group in your local area, or perhaps you coordinate your organisation’s groups across the County for the benefit of the community, the Bright Map project would love to hear from you. 

You can find a link to the Project here:  https://www.brightmap.org/

 

 

Quick guide for staff delivering intermediate care services

The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) and the National Institute of Care and Excellence (NICE), have co-produced this information based on NICE’s guidelines and quality standards on Intermediate care, including reablement.

Intermediate care involves working closely with people to agree what intensive support they need to improve their independence. Support should focus on the person’s strengths and help them to develop resilience and confidence so that they feel more able to manage daily living. This quick guide provides an overview of planning and delivering person-centred intermediate care. It covers:

  • Communication
  • Core principles
  • Person-centred planning
  • Personalised goals
  • Risk.

This guide may be helpful to new recruits in particular.  Please click on this link to access the guide:  promoting-independence-through-intermediate-care.pdf

If you have any comments or suggestions of how we can improve the content of the blog, please let me know:  Imogen.statham@norfolk.gov.uk.

 

Keep winter at bay with Warm Homes Partnership funding

A message from Breckland Older Peoples forum.

As winter sets in and freezing winds, frost and snow come to the county, Breckland residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills and keep their homes warm are being encouraged to check whether they may be eligible to receive help through Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund Partnership.

Breckland Council, alongside councils across Norfolk, are aiming to help more than 1,000 people across the County with funding towards the cost of putting in place better insulation and the installation of mains gas. It comes following the success of £3.1m funding bid to National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund, which was led by Broadland District Council on behalf of Norfolk’s districts. The improvements aim to help both renters and homeowners to efficiently heat their cold homes, which can have a significant impact on people’s lives.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Growth at Breckland Council, said: “The aim is to help eligible people to access energy advice and support and to help those who do not have any central heating to put this in place at a reduced cost, which is important to their comfort, health and wellbeing. This is a fantastic initiative and we want to use this funding to help as many local people as possible, so I hope Breckland residents will explore how the Warm Homes Fund may be able to help them.”

The Warm Homes Fund is aimed at people whose homes do not already have central heating installs, as well as those with underlying health issues and carers of vulnerable people. To find out if you or someone you know may be eligible for support under the scheme, contact Breckland Council on 01362 656 870 or visit www.breckland.gov.uk/whf

NHS Awareness Campaign – Love Great Skin

The NHS have produced some really good and helpful guidance through their awareness campaign (Love Great Skin)  which is around preventing pressure ulcers.  Whilst the NHS focus is aimed at care homes and nursing homes, there is some really useful guidance and tools that could be used by any Social Care provider, including homecare.  You can find out more about this by clicking on the following link:  Stop the Pressure Love Great Skin.

Related to this information, you may also find using the SSKIN approach to manage and prevent pressure damage of use.  SSKIN is a five step approach to preventing and treating pressure ulcers.  You can find more information by clicking on the following link:  SSKINsskin managing & preventing pressure damage