The Living Well Service provides non-medical support through bringing together health, social care and community services, to help support older people in the self-management of long-term conditions. This is achieved by empowering people to take an active role in planning, managing and enhancing their own health and wellbeing to ensure they maintain choice and control over their own lives.
The key Aims of the Living Well Service are:
- Improving the health and wellbeing of older people living with long-term conditions
- Supporting vulnerable older people in reducing the risk and length of stay of unplanned hospital admissions
- Reducing reliance on the use of primary, secondary and acute healthcare services
- Developing increased socialisation by setting and reaching agreed goals
- Providing better access to the delivery of care and support as set out in a personal plan
The types of goals we have helped people achieve are varied, but usually fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Increased social engagement
- Increased physical activity
- Healthier living
- Information provision and advice
- Liaising with other services to ensure a safer home
- Improving the quality of the care the people receive
This is a free service offered by Age UK Portsmouth.
Clients can self-refer and may also be referred to the Living Well Service by their GP, by other healthcare staff, or through social services.