16th November 2016 – The search is on for volunteers to help people with ongoing health problems
A team which helps people with long-term health problems to be more independent and stay as well as possible in their own homes is looking for more volunteers.
They are needed to support a team of health and social care professionals who provide care for people with complex needs – such as several health conditions – who live in Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
The volunteers are personal support mentors (PSMs) who work closely with individuals to help connect them with activities in their community. They are recruited and managed by Age UK Bradford and District.
Kathryn Mitchell, head of integrated care at Age UK Bradford and District said: “The support offered by our volunteers is varied as we work with individuals, their carers, friends and family to agree a plan of action that is specific to them, their needs and their circumstances.
“We will help people to make the most of their strengths, skills and personal resources and try to find solutions to some of the difficulties and issues they face. “
The personal support offered by volunteers could be:
- helping someone build their confidence to go out walking again following a fall
- supporting someone to get out and about and attend local groups; helping them to make new friends and contacts.
- showing someone how to use new technology to help them manage their condition.
- organising a coffee morning so old friends can keep in touch…the possibilities are endless.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact tel: 01274 395144
The complex care team includes professionals from Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and Yordales (a federation of local GPs) to provide physical, mental and social support in or closer to peoples’ homes and reduce their need for emergency hospital. It has been commissioned by Airedale, Wharfdale and Craven Commissioning Group to help join up community and hospital services and place patients at the centre of making decisions about their care.
The aim is to provide a package of care tailored to the health and social needs of an individual to improve their wellbeing and ensure they have choice and control in terms of their overall care.
People will benefit from the team’s proactive coordinated approach which helps them to make informed decisions and live more independently. This more responsive support seeks to reduce duplication and could mean, for example, fewer trips to their GP or hospital.