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Highland Community Care Partnership Com-pàirteachas Cùram Coimhearsnachd na Gàidhealtachd

NHS Higland. The Highland Council Combairle na Gàidhealtachd


Older People

The proportion of the Highland population entering into old age is increasing year on year and most people can look forward to a healthy and happy retirement, able to enjoy leisure time with family and friends after a busy working life.

The Highland Health and Social Care Partnership is here to support older people to remain safe and secure and to live independently for as long as possible.

Through the consultation process that shaped the Joint Community Care Plan, we  identified key outcomes for our services to older people. People told us that they want to:

• Live as long and healthy lives as possible;
• Feel safe;
• Stay in a home of their own wherever sensible;
• Be free from stigma and discrimination;
• Keep up their important relationships; and
• Develop through having interesting things to do.

In many situations achieving these outcomes means working directly with individuals themselves, their families and the communities that they live in.  Also working with colleagues in HousingEducation Culture and Sport, the Police and the Fire Service, and recognising the huge contribution that the many voluntary sector agencies across Highland make.

We do not assume that older age inevitably brings dependence and our work is increasingly focussed on short but intensive, targeted interventions aimed at restoring confidence and abilities wherever possible. We call this approach Reablement

At the heart of our approach is the notion of minimum intervention. People told us that they were happy to do more for themselves and for each other but that they need some assistance with this.  We are therefore keen to ensure that we invest in and support the type of informal activity that enables older people to remain physically and mentally active and which reduces social isolation.  By doing this, we can reduce the need for more formal services later on. 

The Health and Social Care Partnership has access to a range of resources that can assist older people

Our staff are able to offer assessment and advice and we work closely with partner agencies to offer specialist mental and physical health supports. In addition we are keen to work with families and carers to support them in their desire to keep loved ones safe and in the community.