Independent Age – Planning for the end of life

This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week and NCC wants to ensure people who are being supported at home by Providers have access to relevant information and guidance.

Providing or signposting information and advice to such people on how they could document their wishes to ensure peace of mind, for both them and their friends/family is helpful.  Helping people to do this effectively means the people they are close to will know what they want when the time comes.

Independent Age provide information on arranging a power of attorney, advance decisions and making a will. You may like to signpost those this may effect to their website: Independent Age and there are free copies of Independent Age’s ‘Planning for end of life’ guide which can be obtained from the following link:  Order your free copies 

The Herbert Protocol

The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme used by Norfolk Police and other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details such as:
•    medication required
•    mobile numbers
•    places previously located

•    photographs.

In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the File Herbert_Protocol can be easily sent or handed to the Police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.

Alternatively there is support available online including:

Mind Charity0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
AGE UK Norfolk – 01603 787111
If you are concerned someone you know who has gone missing and may be at risk of harm in an emergency call the police on 999 or non-emergency 101.

Promoting the Healthy Aging Toolkit with Your Clients

Cold weather can be tough for everybody, but it’s especially hard for people aged 65 and over. This winter, Norfolk County Council has worked with the National Health Service, district councils, and our Third Sector colleagues to produce a healthy ageing toolkit. The toolkit sets out some practical ways that we can all work together to enable older people to stay safe and well at home this winter. The toolkit is free for anybody to use and can be accessed via this link: http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/healthyageingtoolkit

You can really help by:

1. Thinking about how you can use the toolkit to enable your clients to stay safe and well at home this winter.

2. Sharing the toolkit within your organising to carers connecting with older people in the community.

Healthy ageing is everybody’s responsibility.

The connections we make together, can change lives.

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia. 

If you have a person you support that would benefit from one-to-one dementia support in Norfolk, please call 01603 763556 or email norfolk@alzheimers.org.uk. The Advice line is staffed by experienced Dementia Support Workers Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. This number is there for any one affected by dementia and can be used by professionals to make referrals on someone’s behalf.

Dementia Support Workers offer information and practical guidance to help people understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future. Advice, support and information can be provided by phone, in writing or at a home visit. 

The Alzheimer’s Society National Helpline is on 0300 222 1122 and available 9am – 8pm Monday to Wednesday, 9am – 5pm Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Talking Point is an online forum for everyone who is affected by dementia, open 24 hours a day. alzheimers.org.uk/talkingpoint

Breckland Older People’s Forum Christmas Networking Event

Following on from the success of the networking event last Christmas, Breckland Older People’s Forum would like to invite you once again, to come along with all your information leaflets and have a stand at their Pre-Christmas meeting.  They want the event to offer you the opportunity to share information about your organisation with other stand holders, the Forum and public. There will of course be mince pies and other Christmas goodies to nibble.

The event will be held on Friday, 14th December 2018 at 1.30 to 3.30pm at Breckland Council Offices, Dereham, NR19 1EE.

If you would like to come and have a stand please email  brecklandopf@gmail.com or telephone: 07546 152695 to book a place.

 

You can find out more by clicking on the link:

For Homecare Providers supporting people in the West of the County

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk own and maintain the Lily online Directory.

The Directory lists organisations, services and activities that help people to live healthy, active and independent lives. It is expanding to include more and more information relevant to adults of all ages.

The website will guide you to local events that Lily advisors are attending.  You can find this information on the Section: Lily in your community and by clicking on this link:   http://asklily.org.uk/kb5/westnorfolk/cd/community.page?communitychannel=12

You will also be able to find information about other local services and events on the Directory as well.