Home Instead Thirsk and Northallerton got together recently to attend the NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) event entitled ‘Fit 4 the Future,’ which was held in Northallerton.
Due to our ageing population and the demand for services and support that this will bring, the CCG have developed a strategy for older people’s health which includes a project to listen to the views of the public and organisations working with older people.
In this area alone it is expected that the number of people aged 65 and over will increase by around 30 per cent by 2021. It is also known that people aged 65 and over currently account for around 70 per cent of all healthcare spends so the CCG are keen to work with other partners to plan on how to respond to this growing demand on already limited resources.
The event was very informal with members of the public able to speak with representatives from the CCG about health needs, and talking to other organisations who deal with older people’s services covering the 4 core areas which can affect us as we grow older: dementia, end of life care, long term conditions, and staying healthy.
Sheena Van Parys, owner of Home Instead Thirsk, joined Diane Chandler owner of the Northallerton office, at the event as it was a great opportunity to talk about the way that Home Instead provide care by matching their caregivers carefully with their clients and only offering a minimum of 1 hour appointments, so that the care is highly personal, unrushed and not restricted by time constraints.
At the event dementia was high on the agenda as it is a particular on going concern for our ageing population. At Home Instead our caregivers undertake a City and Guilds training programme in Alzheimer’s and other dementias so that they are well equipped, confident and capable to deal with the many challenges that dementia can bring.
Home Instead is committed to change the face of ageing in the UK and we are enriching the lives of our elderly clients by treating them with dignity and delivering care to meet their individual needs.
To read more about Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG events, please visit: www.hambletonrichmondshireandwhitbyccg.nhs.uk