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Staying Well

Purpose: The Staying Well Check Tool developed by Bolton Council’s Public Health Strategy Team supports to identify client risk factors for future health and social care need. In addition to age, physical health and mental health, risk factors are likely to be linked to lack of social support, physical living environment and economic difficulties. Components: This product includes items from the toolkit:-

  • Project Brief
  • Consent Form
  • Quality Of Life Wheel
  • Staying Well Check Key Principles
  • Visual Communication Cards
  • Triggers Questions
  • Algorithm Example
  • Visit Summary Information Template
  • A training package is currently being developed to coincide with this Staying Well Check Tool.

This evaluation report highlights the findings and key learning points from the year-long pilot phase of Staying Well. This will inform the emerging health and social care integration model in Bolton. It also challenges the concept of older people as a ‘burden’ to society and highlights how the ‘Staying Well’ approach can equally act to harness the assets within older people and local communities to make life at an older age fun, active, productive and a boon to society.

This is the product description and  of the 'Index of Potential Care Need' as part of the wider intergrated care project. The Index of Potential Care Need, classifies the older population of Bolton according to their risk of future early reliance upon intensive social care and support services.  The Index has been constructed by combining a range of risk factors known to be associated with early reliance on social care services such as living alone, having alcohol problems, and experiencing reduced daily activities and similar.  The aim of the Index is preventative and is designed to target people before they become too ill and/or dependent and need to access social care.

The Potential Care Needs Index classifies the older population of Bolton (aged 50+) according to their risk of future early reliance upon intensive social care and support services.  The Index has been constructed by combining a range of risk factors known to be associated with early reliance on social care services such as living alone, having alcohol problems, and experiencing reduced daily activities and similar. The aim of the Index is preventative and is designed to target people before they become too ill and need to access social care. A full list of the indicators used and the methodology used to construct the Index is available in the accompanying brochure ‘Supporting independence and preventing the escalation of care need in older people in Bolton’. Below is a full list of all documents & resources linked to the Potential Care Needs Index:

This a case study of the Staying Well project currently being piloted in Bolton.  This is intended to be a snapshot of the project - for a full overview of Staying Well - please view the project brief. The Staying Well projects enables partners across the health and social care system to work together systematically identifying individuals at high risk of developing future health and social care need and providing advice and support to enable them to remain as healthy and independent as possible for as long as possible.

The project brief for the 'Staying Well' project currently being piloted within Bolton. Bolton’s Public Health Department (Staying Well Project), jointly with Adult Social Services, Strategic Housing, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group and Customer Services Department are currently testing an approach to systematically identify individuals (age 65 & over) at high risk of developing future health and social care need and providing advice, support and assistance to enable people to remain healthy, happy and independent for longer as well as preventing future risk. The brief includes:

  • Overview/Rationale
  • Key Relationships
  • Emerging Findings
  • Evaluation Approach
  • Expected Benefits to Clients

This document should be a must-read for all those involved in the commissioning and delivery of services to vulnerable older people.

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