News: Rehab Service For Older People Launched In Hyndburn
Tuesday, 15th June 2004
EXTRA care for older people leaving hospital in Hyndburn is just the ticket for the future, according to Lancashire County Council's Champion for Older People.
County Councillor Dorothy Westell was speaking at last week's official launch of the new intermediate and rehabilitation service at Sherwood House in Great Harwood which assists older people to live independently in their own homes after ill health or recent admissions to hospital.
The project, one of many being opened across Lancashire, is a partnership between staff at the private care home, Lancashire Social Services and health (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust) in providing specialist residential rehabilitation and intermediate care.
Councillor Westell said:
"These are new ventures that elderly people richly deserve. Too often in the past people leaving hospital, for instance, have gone into homes for older people when the right support - in simple things such as cooking and washing - will allow them to live their lives as they would prefer.
"Many people have dreaded going into homes when they want to stay in their own neighbourhoods. Old age or infirmity should not mean that people lose their independence."
Intermediate care aims to help older people bridge the gap between leaving hospital and returning home. The rehabilitation programme is designed to increase confidence for older people to tackle day-to-day tasks such as making their own meals, bathing or just generally getting around without help or with minimal assistance.
Rehabilitation at the centres is individually tailored and lasts for up to six weeks. The staff who assist older people achieve this include a mixed team of care staff, occupational therapists, social workers and physiotherapists.
For further information please contact: Andrew Lynn on 01772 534372