The Equality Profile of older people with high support needs 

Initiatives and policy decisions that impact on older persons with high support needs cannot be equality neutral since we all know this group contains:

  •  Those who are older and disabled whether or not they would define themselves as such,
  • A higher proportion of women then men
  • A smaller proportion of black people from ethnic minority

 Groups than the general population, but likely to expand at some point. These groups are affected by I'll health and  long time health conditions..

 

Helping the Elderly get Connected.

Connecting People in the UK

Background

Recent policies together known as the ‘personalisation agenda’ set out a vision where all people who receive social care support will be in charge of their own lives. The number of people aged 65 and over with one or more long time illnesses or disability will continue to grow significantly. As a result, adult social care faces the ongoing challenge of ensuring that services are designed to meet this increasing demand.

Not all elderly people are looked after by friends and family, and many could use companionship on a regular basis.

Our Charity Jamaican Elderly Disabled Charitable Trust would like to provide companionship for the elderly and disabled in the comfort of their own homes, to co-inside with our present plan in Jamaica and express this in the UK; for Jamaican residents who are experiencing Exclusion and Isolation and cater for their emotional needs.

We will offer: laundry help for those who need assistance with washing, drying, ironing of clothes and linen, organising Telephone calls.  Elderly people often want to remain in their own homes, but may need assistance due to a disability or activity restriction.

 

What is it?

Community connecting forms a part of support brokerage for people who would benefit from the additional depth and intensity that it offers. The added value of community connecting is that it can find solutions for people with the most complex needs and reduce reliance on more expensive specialised support. Community connectors work with individuals and the people close to them to find out their strengths, and interests. They then link up individuals to opportunities in their area. The key to community connecting is that it goes beyond simply helping people to be in the community. It is about establishing strong, mutually beneficial relationships. To make it happen requires people who are creative and flexible.

What does it aim to do?

  1. To create and develop the beneficiaries for personalisation by shaping attitudes and providing solutions to the problems it poses for families.

 

The largest customer base is older people with disabilities. Their families are the first who will expect to plan and develop a lifestyle for their Elder persons. There is resistance to personalisation among this group who perceive a threat to permanence in their loved one’s support arrangements and who do not believe that greater independence and acceptance is possible. Connecting People will help to solve these problems of demand for personalisation by: 

 giving intensive support to connect to mainstream opportunities or relationships thus developing a lifestyle outside of the social care world and demonstrating to families that this is possible building through that mainstream lifestyle for older people Nd their families long term independence.

 

Specific product or services

We provide time-limited intensive one to one support to people who have no one else. The work can be divided into roughly sequential stages e.g. getting to know the person and their family, getting to know the community opportunities, making sustainable links between the two, exiting and having a watching brief. Services include:

 

  1. Research and connection- to find out what is available and connect to community resources, enabling individuals with their own social care budgets to purchase support from a wider pool – voluntary and community sources, family and friends and to have a more varied lifestyle.
  2. Facilitation and enablement - e.g. developing a circle of support, facilitating person’s, families’, circles of support’s ideas
  3. Negotiation and advocacy - helping the person speak up for themselves or where necessary to speak up on their behalf. For example, negotiating a role in a community group and advocating for the value to the group and to the disabled person of them playing that role.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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