Over 75's Co-ordinator
Who is undertaking this Role?
Paula Hurton - Health Care Assistant has been appointed to undertake this role for an initial pilot period of 12 months.
Why are we piloting this Role?
Loneliness and isolation factor hugely in the health and wellbeing of people in this age category. Social prescribing and sign posting are fast becoming essential tools in combating the potentially devastating effects that can result from loneliness and isolation.
The introduction of over 75’s coordination at practices has seen the beginnings of a safety net forming for the most vulnerable patients. Effective liaison between patients, their families, other NHS departments, and external services, ensure that patient’s feel supported when they need it.
Working closely with the Social Services link worker, will give great insight into service availability in the area, pathway information, and will aid in bridging the gap that can sometimes form between health and social care organisations.
Building a relationship of trust with patients, taking time to explain services and educating patients will be fundamental in securing uptake of referrals to services that are directed at a more preventative outcome, for example referrals to the falls prevention service could enhance and extend a patients mobility and independence.
Referrals to the Wellbeing Hub will be encouraged to improve patients overall health and wellbeing. The hubs can offer support and encouragement to patients to help improve socialisation that prevents loneliness and isolation.
If you would like more information or would like referring to this service then please contact reception and ask to be referred to Paula Hurton Care Co-ordinator.