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Reshaping Care for Older People Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross. “Older people are valued as an asset, their voices are heard and they are supported to enjoy full and positive lives in their own home or in a homely setting.” Reshaping Care for Older People in Scotland.
“Older people are valued as an asset, their voices are heard and they are supported to enjoy full and positive lives in their own home or in a homely setting.”
Reshaping Care for Older People in Scotland
“It is vitally important that older people themselves aren’t just ‘heard’ but are involved at the earliest stages as partners in reshaping services or developing new facilities and initiatives. Being told what is going to happen and [then being] asked what you think of it, isn’t empowering”
Service provider comment from RCOP Project
Consultation included visits, postal surveys, forum sessions, meetings and online surveys
A total of 270 people took part
178 lunch club attendees
25 service providers
67 general public- including people caring for someone aged 65+
44% said that they had benefited from discovering services that they had not previously been aware of.
“Welcomed the opportunity to find out what help is available for dementia and carers”
“A fantastic way of meeting with service users & providers and making contacts”
50 attendees took part in at least one of the optional activities including Zumba Gold, Flower Arranging, Basic Computing and a Laughter session
“I have found over the last 18 months our social life has ceased. My husband doesn’t very often want to go out which means I can’s get out. I am feeling more and more isolated and trapped. He refuses any respite care so that I am just stuck here with him at all times.”
“I know where some help is available but only because I broke down at the Doctors”
“People don’t seem to have time to talk these days. It is RUSH RUSHRUSH”
“Even the fittest and most able of older people can be in serious need if they are not able to make connection with their peers through distance and poor quality transport services”
“I worry about the day when I may not be able to drive”
“ In the evenings I get lonely and there is no bus or local taxi so I can’t get out”
“I would like incoming carers/home help to be able to befriend and spare more time with housebound folk”
“Social isolation is a huge factor, unfortunately we are governed by criteria which often overlooks this issue, in my opinion if we meet the isolation need, other health issues are preventable , there would be less need for hospitalization, GP visits etc”.
“Years ago older folk were able to be gathered together in a variety of organisations, Darby and Joan, Silver Lining, etc. These groups were often self organised, self managing with some support from either a local authority or church; they provided a lifeline for those who were older, living alone, or socially deprived in any other way. We need to re-establish this kind of blue sky thinking to enable our older generation to continue to not only benefit from their local community but remain a strong part of that community”.