Service launched in Derbyshire to help elderly stay at home
17th June 2014
Derbyshire health leaders have made a partnership with the voluntary sector in order to create a new service that will aim to help frail and elderly residents in the area remain in their homes, rather than be forced to go into hospital. The Voluntary Sector Single Point of Access (vSPA) looks to link those most vulnerable with a list of contacts and support services that can help them maintain their health and independence.
North Derbyshire Voluntary Action (NDVA) have been contracted for the role by NHS North Derbyshire, Hardwick and Erewash Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to provide the vSPA service, which went live on Monday 2nd June, earlier this month, to support vulnerable residents in the area and help them live independently in their homes with stair lifts and other aids.
As well as providing a portal through which people can readily access information about services they may need regularly or haven’t heard of before, the vSPA will also be a port of call for health and social care professionals and voluntary organisations who may refer their clients to the service.
It is thought that health professionals will feel more comfortable with elderly and frail people being at home with the introduction of the new service rather than go to hospital as it will provide a point of reference for residents to use and feel more confident in their abilities to look after themselves in their own homes. Alongside such mobility aids as hand rails and walk in showers, the service will be able to ensure that people are able “to stay independent at home”, according to Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire CCG, in this article.
The service will link the area’s most vulnerable with the details of a wide range of services and organisations that can further help them in their everyday lives or after an incident or illness.
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