Living Well In Later Life

What sorts of things come to your mind when you read the phrase ‘Living well in later life’? How can quality improvement help achieve this and why is the QI community across health and social care getting involved?

Surely how one lives, is not something that anyone other than the individual can control? Living well is about making your own decisions, about exercising choice. So why, one might ask are the health and social care organisations developing a programme that seeks to focus attention on this?

In a nutshell, what we are trying to do, through a series of projects is to empower older people and their loved ones to make decisions about how to live well in later life and provide guidance to help them navigate through the maze of choice of care solutions so that informed decisions about how one wishes to live well can be reached.

So what does all this actually mean? Well…we are focusing our improvement efforts to scale up the pace of improvement work. We believe that we can increase the gains already made by increasing the improvement support to health and social care providers, local authorities, the third, independent and housing sectors. This work will be split into five main areas:

  • frailty pathways and falls management and prevention
  • anticipatory care planning
  • improving links between the housing sector, health and social care
  • elements of delayed discharge, and
  • pathways for high-resource users of health and social care services.

As we continue to roll this programme of work out, we encourage you, our readers, to get in touch and tell us what you think of our ambition.

Please contact us by emailing hcis.livingwell@nhs.net

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