Northamptonshire’s new Supporting Independence Programme for people living with mild frailty has welcomed its first 100 service users following a soft launch in October 2018.
The programme, operated by the county council’s public health team on behalf of Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership, provides a 12-week, one-to-one programme of support for those who may have slowed a little, are feeling less confident getting around or need someone to help them on a regular basis.
Programme advisors work with users of the service to identify and address the factors contributing to their frailty. This could include supporting them to increase their levels of physical activity, helping them to access medicine reviews or providing emotional or nutritional support and advice.
Support can be face to face or over the phone, depending on the preference of the individual service user. Referrals to the programme are possible from multiple sources and all people living with mild frailty are eligible, whatever their age.
Referrals received so far reflect the widespread reach of the programme, including from adult social care, the fire and rescue service, Northamptonshire County Council and the Age Well Wellingborough project. Following the soft launch in October, the programme will fully launch on 1 April 2019.