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Reaching out to help support older people in Horsforth

Colette Kemp, Independant Living Service Manager British Red Cross, Helen Parsons, Assistant Manager HomeWard project, Tracy Brierley, Live at Home Manager, Dean Butcher, senior co-ordinator HomeWard, British Red Cross

Colette Kemp, Independant Living Service Manager British Red Cross, Helen Parsons, Assistant Manager HomeWard project, Tracy Brierley, Live at Home Manager, Dean Butcher, senior co-ordinator HomeWard, British Red Cross

They are the special helping hands who will offer support to people aged over 60 who are at risk of being admitted to hospital.

Members of Horsforth Live at Home scheme and the British Red Cross are teaming up to help support vulnerable residents in the town.

The team, who will visit people in hospital and in their homes, will offer support to residents who are at risk of being re-admitted to the wards.

These special befrienders will also help to combat social isolation for people aged over 60 in the community.

And the recently launched Homeward scheme, which has been funded to September 2015, aims to also help boost the confidence for pensioners who have just been discharged from the hospitals.

Tracy Brierley, manager at Horsforth Live at Home Scheme, said: “As well as preventing hospital admissions the scheme can also tackle social isolation.

“Befriending schemes like this are so important because it keeps individuals living independently in their own communities.

“The longer someone is in hospital then they may start to lose their confidence when it comes to practical tasks at home.

“Since the scheme was launched and we started to take referrals we have had a really positive reaction.”

Over the last two decades Horsforth Live at Home scheme has helped hundreds of elderly residents in Horsforth maintain their independence.

The scheme, which is based in Central Methodist Church, now has over 500 members and is partly funded by Leeds City Council, Methodist Homes and Horsforth Churches Together.

For more information about the Homeward scheme, which is suitable for Horsforth residents aged over 60, contact 0113 2591511.

 

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