Our innovative Person-Centred Integrated Care Programme is joining up health, social and voluntary services, putting older people at the heart of the care and support they receive.
Maurice has multiple long-term health conditions, including coronary heart disease and cancer. Three years ago, his wife passed away, leaving him feeling low and as though he was losing control of the life he wanted to lead. Even after living in his local community for over 20 years, Maurice began to feel isolated and disconnected from the world around him. He didn’t know who to turn to.
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Maurice was referred to Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering’s integrated care programme by his GP. After that he was visited by Joe, an Age UK Personal Independence Coordinator. Together, they talked about what everyday life was like for Maurice and the simple changes that could make a big difference to him.
Maurice reminisced about his passion for fly fishing, and the fact that his health conditions had meant he’d been unable to enjoy his hobby for a very long time. They decided to make a fly fishing trip one of his goals.
Joe contacted a local fishing club that could help and on the day of Maurice’s fishing trip he couldn’t stop smiling, especially as he caught four trout! He said it was ‘one of the best days I have had since my wife passed away.’
Supported by the Age UK team, Maurice has continued to go on regular fly fishing trips and feels happier. He’s also seen an improvement in his health and his confidence has grown: so much so that he’s now preparing to become the lead fisherman for his fishing group.
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