I happened across this video by the Local Government Association’s Ageing Well campaign today, and thought it was worth sharing. Through three case studies it brings out some of the most important principles for a forward-looking and supportive care service confronted with an ageing population. These principles include valuing people and their contributions, allowing work and workers to be person-centred, and the recognition of the problem of loneliness among older people. A general awareness of dementia and available services among professionals who work in the community is also highlighted as being an important element in the mix.
Here at Community Connections these principles are fundamental aspects of the kind of service we are striving to provide for people. We would like Lewisham to be a better place for people to grow old. If you think you can help or if you’d like to know more we are only a phone call away: 020 8314 3244.
Finally, some of the team are going on training to become Dementia Friends Champions in September, maybe you’d like to join us?
At Healthwatch Lewisham we ask people to share their experiences about health and social care services. Currently we are focusing on people’s experiences of leaving hospital or a community care service; we call this the discharge process. We would like to gather feedback from as many people as possible to understand what works and what doesn’t in the discharge process.
If you have an experience that you could tell us about or know or work with someone who does please take a few minutes to complete this important online survey. We can provide paper copies wherever needed.
The survey is anonymous and we will not publish any information to identify you. The combined findings will be shared with managers and commissioners of health and care services in order to improve services in Lewisham. Our findings will contribute towards anational inquiry being run by Healthwatch England who are carrying out a national inquiry into unsafe discharge processes.
If you would prefer to write to us, would like to request a paper copy or prefer to tell your experience over the phone or face-to-face please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 0207 998 7796.
The Deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday the 9th of July.