Helping primary care to support people with dementia


October 23 2019
Rounds Green Library, Martley Road, Oldbury B69 1DZ, UK

Agewell provides advice, guidance and a range of quality services to help people over the age of 50 stay socially connected, healthier and use validated tools to monitor improvements in physical and mental health and wellbeing, mobility, strength and balance.

Their aim is to help them to stay healthy, continue to live independently for as long as possible and enjoy a better quality of life, and also support family members in their caring role. They run a variety of projects based both in the community and in hospital.

Kingfisher Buddies

Our Kingfisher Buddies groups are open to anyone with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers. Come along and enjoy a range of activities, a cuppa and a chat at any of the following:

  • Mondays 2pm to 4pm – Elizabeth Prout Gardens, Blackheath
  • Tuesdays 11.30am to 1.30pm – The Old Post Office, Wednesbury
  • Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm – Portway Lifestyle Centre, Oldbury

SPARCS Service

Agewell work in partnership with Murray Hall Trust to deliver the SPARCS (Social Prescribing for Active Resilient Communities in Sandwell) service, whos aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness in the over 65s across the borough. Our aim is to provide a compassionate and reliable befriending service for socially isolated and vulnerable older people, helping them to re-connect socially, try new activities, make friends and enjoy life more and to remain living independently at home for as long as possible.

The SPARCS team receive referrals from healthcare professionals and arrange home visits to assess what they need:

  • What local services they can be put in touch with
  • Help to ensure they are eating healthy
  • Referrals for benefits checks – to make sure the correct benefits are being claimed
  • Staying safe around the home by assessing for aid and adaptions needed e.g raised toilet seat, grab rails
  • Connect with community groups to reduce social isolation.

For more information click here

Sapphire Service

The Sapphire service is for over 50’s who have been admitted to Sandwell and Russells Hall Hospitals and is delivered by Agewell and the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, who are working together to support older patients during their hospital stay and helping prevent their readmission by completing home visits to aid them in the difficult weeks following a hospital stay.

The Sapphire team receive referrals and meet people on the wards during their admission. They then follow up with home visits. On their visits they:

  • Signpost and help older adults and their carers to access community services in their local area that can improve their quality of life
  • Befriend patients and support with eating and hydration if required
  • Refer for a benefits check to make sure the correct benefits are being claimed
  • Advise on care choices
  • Refer for community and fall alarms
  • Staying safe around the home by assessing for aid and adaptions needed e.g raised toilet seat, grab rails
  • Refer to West Midlands Fire Service for free visit from firefighters who ensure the home is safe.

Patients referred to the service are visited every day whilst they’re in hospital and receive a home visit once a week for six weeks after discharge.

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Staying Steady, Staying Safe self-help guide

This comprehensive self-help guide outlines 10 steps older people can take to start feeling safer at home, as well as when out and about. It also includes a number of simple mobility, balance and strength exercises,
as well as top tips for staying fit and healthy,
and details of what to do if you do have a fall.
Everyone who requests a guide also receives
three follow-up telephone calls from Agewell
to support you in working through the checklist of actions inside.
A one-off home visit from an exercise tutor can also be arranged
when required.
Anyone aged 65 and over who lives in Sandwell, or is registered with a Sandwell GP, is eligible for a FREE copy.
For more info click here

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