CCH-Wellbeing Support for Older People with Disabilities/ASN and Respite Support for their Carers
A story by Community Central Hall
We provided vulnerable older people with disabilities and additional support needs with befriending/listening ear support, activities, and holiday food hampers, whilst their Carers access regular respite breaks. Which tackled isolation and the exclusion these groups face while improving their inclusion, increasing drop in support and ICT access.
What CCH-Wellbeing Support for Older People with Disabilities/ASN and Respite Support for their Carers did
Befriending sessions/engagement activities/food parcels/bingo sessions. 3 events took place Pantomime/Christmas dinner/summer outing to Largs afternoon tea and supper.
The people who participated in this project was self selections/our older people's service/local people who are accessing our Community fridge project.
Carers and the people they care for will have improved wellbeing, Carers will have more opportunities to enjoy a life outside of their caring role
Carers will feel better supported to sustain their caring role.
The uptake in our Community fridge has provided us with another platform to promote this service helping us to reach wider access to our local community. We had to do somethings differently due to staff and volunteer recruitment challenges and this was covered by other staff.
What Community Central Hall has learned
Reaching out to and engage with new families this was done through us being able to provide the Community Fridge. Developing new short breaks activities, which have come through our previous events. Dealing with unexpected challenges
How Community Central Hall has benefitted from the funding
We have benefitted by strengthening our organisations reputation by being able to provide local events/building up relationships with our local Community and be known to be a trustworthy and reliable organisation.
Carers will have received regular, much-needed respite breaks throughout the year to focus on their own wellbeing, spend time with family/friends, and access carer groups or other activities that were previously inaccessible due to their caring role. As a result, Carers will feel less stressed
Carers received regular, much-needed respite breaks throughout the year to focus on their own wellbeing, spend time with family/friends, and access carer groups or other activities that were previously inaccessible due to their caring role. As a result, Carers felt less stressed/isolated and more resilient/positive about the future and their continued caring responsibilities We did this by providing 45 x weekly Respite Activity/Befriending Sessions where run for older people with disabilities/ASN providing Carers at least 90-120 hours of respite each and approx., 7,650 to 10,000 total This was achieved with our outings and nights out through our programmed events.
Mr P is a 68-year-old gentleman who has been known to us for 12 years he was originally referred to us by his housing landlord as he was struggling to maintain a safe environment to live in. Mr P suffered from schizophrenia also severe depression and low self-esteem he often had suicidal thoughts and struggled with many of his daily living tasks. Mr P was introduced to our domestic service and was assigned one of our workers CD who agreed to work with him building up a professional relationship before tackling the issues that he was experiencing. After a period of time Mr P began to trust CD and spoke to her about the issues he had one of the thinks was he hoarded things he bought because it made him feel better with each purchase he made however this lead to him getting into debt. CD encouraged him to seek support from the mental health team at his GP surgery, the mental health team supported him to pinpoint the triggers and to find strategies in achieving long term goals in managing his poor mental health. Once CD was confident in supporting Mr P with his household tasks, she suggested befriending to him which was aimed at getting him out of the house going for a short walk, or to the local cafes for some tea and a chat. Mr P has really embraced this service and each week he discusses with CD what he would like to do with his befriending hours this is organised and pre planned to meet Mr P wishes. Mr P has really benefited from this service he is more open and honest about his thoughts and feelings and seeks help and support when required without being prompted by CD. Recently Mr P was offered a ground floor flat which he was happy to accept but worried about how he would manage to move. CD discussed with him how this was a good opportunity to declutter and to start afresh. CD liaised with his housing association in relation to what help and support he could get and Mr P used his befriending hours for him and CD to pack his household up in preparation to his move. The domestic and befriending service has had a positive effect on Mr P’s mental health and whilst he may always struggle with many aspects of his life he is now able to identify when he requires medical intervention and seek help where appropriate. Mr P agreed to share his experiences with me however would like his identity to be kept confidential.
Carers will have received regular, much-needed respite breaks throughout the year to focus on their own wellbeing, Carers will feel less stressed/isolated, more supported by the community, and more confident in managing/carrying out their continued caring responsibilities.
Carers received regular, much-needed respite breaks throughout the year to focus on their own wellbeing, spend time with family/friends, and access carer groups or other activities that were previously inaccessible due to their caring role. This was also achieved through our Community Fridge where our Community Engagement workers provided drop in services
Mr M is a 74-year-old gentleman with a slight learning difficulty also he was partially sighted. He became known to us after we received an enquiry form from his Housing Landlord asking if we could consider visiting him with a view to providing him with a domestic/befriending service. On visiting Mr M with his brother present he was reluctant in accepting a service from us saying he was managing it became clear that his elderly brother who was the main carer was struggling and that his home life was fragile due to the hours and time Mr M required from him. Service manager worked with Mr M providing assurance that we were not there to take his independence away but to strengthen it. After many visits I introduced him to our worker JC who immediately hit it off with Mr M after talking about his likes/dislikes they both discovered their love of music. JC now visits Mr M twice weekly provided domestic support one day and the other day befriending, Mr M has embraced this service and looks forward to his befriending day where they both play music share a cup of tea and a sing song together. Our service has been invaluable to Mr M brother we were able to signpost him to other services that could provide personal care as well as meal prep. This has allowed Mr M brother to spend time with his family and to once again enjoy his many hobbies, just recently he was able to go on a family holiday which he had been unable to do in a long time after JC agreed to increase the befriending hours to ensure that Mr M was okay. Mr M has agreed to this case study after assuring him that his identity would not be disclosed.
Older people with disabilities/ASN and their Carers will have been supported to access a range of wellbeing, social/community, and practical support opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible and experienced improved inclusion, wellbeing, and resilience: supporting long-term quality of life.
Older people with disabilities/ASN and their Carers will have been supported to access a range of wellbeing, social/community, with our outings and programmed events throughout the year, practical support opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible and experienced improved inclusion through accessing our Community Engagement workers as well as our community Fridge, by providing person centred events improved their wellbeing, and resilience.
Mr and Mrs XX became known to CCH domestic/befriending service after receiving an enquiry from their local landlord in the year 2021 After my initial visit it was evident that Mrs X was anxious and appeared in need of support/advice. After visiting them both in their own home it became clear that Mr X was in the early stages of dementia and Mrs X was struggling to cope. Mr an Mrs X have 2 daughters but with both living abroad they were unable to provide emotional/physical support to them, they also found it difficult to deal with their father’s prognosis. After my initial visit I obtained an e-mail for both daughters which enabled me to keep in touch with them both also to be honest and open to them about their mothers struggles as she didn’t want to worry them. I introduced JM to them both and it was agreed that she would go in and do some household tasks also on another day she would provide a befriending service to them this enabled Mrs X to go out to the shops on her own or just to have a browse around town without worrying about her husband. JC and Mrs X sometimes use the time to go out on short walks or to the nearest supermarket with Mr X as she finds it difficult to do this on her own as he can become extremely agitated, and his actions can at times be very challenging. *Mrs X loves the company that JC brings she enjoys telling her about her life and that of her children and grandchildren’s she has no other services going into her home and JC has encouraged her to seek support from other agencies for example Dementia UK Mrs X is reluctant to do this as she feels that this is a sign of her giving up. JC provides lots of reassurance and support to them both and can see the challenges that looking after someone with Dementia brings, it is evident when talking to Mrs X that the befriending service that is given to them both is beneficial to their health and wellbeing. *This case study was done with their approval and would like their identities kept confidential.