Pioneering scheme to help older people continue to live at home is already bearing fruit Monday 24 July 2017
Help to regain contact with an estranged family, and support to rebuild finances following three heart attacks, have both been hailed as early success stories of a pioneering older person’s service for Anglesey, officially launched today.
Residents who have already benefited from the Môn Older People Project attended a launch ceremony at Llangefni Town Hall.
The Môn Older People Project provides short, medium and long-term ‘floating’ support to enable older people to live as independently as possible.
The new housing-related service is run by support service Gorwel, for Anglesey Council’s Supporting People Team.
The Môn Older People Project is available free of charge to social and private tenants, as well as owner-occupiers, over the age of 55. Currently, around 400 residents on the island are eligible for its services.
Support on offer includes help to: manage arrears accrued for rent/mortgage or utilities; establish community or social contacts and activities; manage budgets and access entitled welfare benefits; and to access education, training and employment opportunities.
Examples of local people already helped by the service include:
- Someone who had rebuilt his life following homelessness and alcoholism, but was given 12 months to find a new home, following the death of his partner, the property owner. The service helped him apply for a council property, and plan to proceed with routine surgery that will improve his wellbeing. Once recovered from surgery, he intends to become a volunteer support worker for a charity on the island.
- An elderly resident living alone without family nearby, who now has many health needs linked to his age and injuries sustained in his youth. The service has helped him to apply for and obtain Attendance Allowance, access a care package and adaptations to his home from social services, and sign up for shopping and befriending services.
- A person who had suffered a serious illness at the same time as marital breakdown, allowed bills to go unpaid, and fell into debt. The service helped the person clear a seven-year backlog of paperwork, pay bills and get out of debt, as well as to organise a landline and connection to the internet, enabling online banking and shopping.
A total of about 400 people on the island are currently eligible to receive the service. However, numbers are set to rise dramatically as the island’s population ages.
Gorwel is a support service within Grŵp Cynefin housing association.
Isle of Anglesey Council Leader, Councillor Llinos Medi, who is also in charge of Housing and Social Services for the county, said, “As an authority, we are pleased to be working with Gorwel to deliver the Môn Older People Project. The project is already helping to make a real difference to the lives of many older people.
“Our partnership will continue to focus on realising the housing needs of Anglesey’s older population, improving their quality of life and ensuring that older people are able to live independently at home for as long as possible.”
Gwyneth Williams, Gorwel Manager, said: “Recent figures show that there are 11,000 people between the age of 60-74 and 5,900 over the age of 75 on Anglesey. These figures will increase by 11% and 33% respectively.
“People are living longer and are healthier, but there will be instances during their lives that people will need support and care at some time or another.
“It’s in everyone’s interests to help people to live independently for as long as possible.
“We’re pleased that the Môn Older People Project is already making a positive difference to people’s lives on the island.”
For information about the Môn Older People Project, contact Gorwel on 0300 111 0226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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