Social Care Wales has today published a toolkit to support the sector to help older people remain independent in their communities for longer. The toolkit is aimed at practitioners who work with older people in the community, as well as planners and commissioners of care and support services for older people.
The toolkit is based on the Anatomy of Resilience model, which supports preventative and strength-based ways of working with older people. The model is based on the voices of older people and what well-being means to them.
This publication sets out a series of prompts, reflective questions and practical examples that can be used alongside existing frameworks and ways of working. The aim is to offer a selection of ‘tools’ that are intended to challenge, inspire and prompt a re-focusing on what older people tell us they want and need.
Sarah Rochira, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, said: “I would encourage service providers across Wales to use this valuable resource to help to guide and shape their work. Doing so will help to ensure that our public services will be able to support older people effectively, helping them to have the best possible quality of life, both now and in the years ahead.”
Sarah McCarty, Director for Workforce Development and Improvement at Social Care Wales, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer this resource to the sector to support them in their work to help older people in Wales maintain their well-being and independence. This toolkit, developed in partnership with practitioners, is shaped on the voices of older people and offers practical ways for the sector to listen and respond to what really matters to them.”