Support can make all the difference to older people being able to live their lives in the way they would like and enabling them to take their rightful place in society.
The provision of clear information about rights and entitlements plays an important part.
Need for advocacy for older people in Torbay
For many, advocacy is vital, and covers a wide range of issues including access to services, understanding and accessing information, and safeguarding quality of care and social needs.
Older people are often disadvantaged in Torbay; the beautiful views mask a predominantly ageing population:
- on low fixed incomes
- coping with a poor transport system
- Large numbers of older people come to Torbay to retire and have no family or social networks in the area, no back up when times are hard. 42% of people over 75 in Torbay live alone, a higher percentage than the national average.
People already turn to Age UK Torbay as a secure source of practical help and support.
Who is advocacy for?
Anyone aged 50 and over. However it is mainly aimed at older people who are disadvantaged for any reason eg. lack of confidence, mild dementia, confusion or physical frailty. Many have little or no contact with others. The aim is to empower them to live independent lives; to support them in their decision making.
We will only work with people who wish to have the support of an advocate. Advocates will not make decisions for older people, provide counselling, offer long term befriending, or provide legal or financial advice, but will signpost people to someone who can help.
If you would like to know more about our advocacy service or have a problem you would like to discuss please contact our advocacy service.
Call 01803 841 832
Speak to our Information and Advice Manager. Call 01803 841 832