Age UK's pilot model of integrated care has supported 1,000 older people in Cornwall to take control of their health and improve their wellbeing. Early results show that the model has reduced preventable hospital admissions by 49 per cent.
Too many older people with several long-term conditions are not getting the joined-up, personalised support they need to live full lives and maintain their independence. They are often in and out of hospital with no sustainable plan to keep them fit and well at home.
Our model involves Age UK and local Age UKs bringing together local health and care services, and other voluntary organisations, to provide an innovative combination of medical and non-medical support. This approach puts older people in control of their own health and wellbeing, enabling them to be more independent and to improve their quality of life. It also helps save the NHS money by reducing unplanned admissions to hospital.
In April 2015, our Portsmouth partners launched their programme which will support another 1,000 older people. Other sites are currently being established in six new areas.
Early results show that we have reduced preventable hospital admissions by 49% and improved wellbeing by 20%.