Celebrate UK Older People’s Day

Every year, UK Older People’s Day is held on 1 October to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim of the day is to celebrate the achievements of older people, recognise the contributions that they make to society and the economy and to highlight that age is no barrier to staying active and involved in community life.

This year, Redbridge will once again be celebrating UK Older People’s Day with a fantastic programme of events and activities from Wednesday 24 September to Wednesday 8 October 2014. Enjoy a variety of arts and crafts, socialising events, health and wellbeing sessions, learning opportunities, cultural workshops and much more. Most activities are free and everyone is welcome.

To request a copy of the programme please call 020 8708 5232, email myview@redbridge.gov.uk or pick up a copy from your local library.   

Redbridge response to Department of Health’s consultation on Care Act 2014

Redbridge Council held a consultation event on 7 August to respond to the Department of Health’s consultation on the new Care Act.

The consultation event was attended by Local Authority Officers from across the services, stake holders, providers and service users.

Making Intermediate Care Better

GP’s in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge are running a 12 week consultation on making intermediate care services better.

Intermediate care helps people get better quicker without needing to go to hospital, and also helps get people out of hospital and back home, sometimes after a stay in a community rehab unit.

Since a successful trial of two intermediate care services (Community Treatment Team and Intensive Rehabilitation Service), Gp’s now want to permanently establish these services, which would mean that more people would receive care in their own homes. They also want to merge the three existing community rehabilitation units (Grays Court in Dagenham, Heronwood and Galleon unit in Wanstead and Foxglove ward at King George Hospital) into one unit, on the King George Hospital site in Goodmayes. This is because since the trial, most people have been receiving care in their own homes and a lot of the beds in the community rehab units are now not being used.

The consultation will run until 1 October 2014.

Redbridge Autism Plan 2012-15 is being updated

The Department of Health (DH) has published 'Think Autism', an update to the Adults with Autism Strategy for England: Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives (2010) in line with duties set out in the Autism Act 2009.

In Redbridge we plan to update our existing Adults with Autism Plan during 2014/15 in the light of the priorities in the national strategy and will do this through the Redbridge Adults with Autism Working Group which has proved to be an effective process for the local implementation of the National Autism Strategy and associated activities to date.

Redbridge Community Lunch Club

  • Are you a Redbridge resident?
  • Would you like to meet up for lunch and meet new friends?
  • Are you over 65 years of age?
  • Can you get to the club independently?

If the answer is yes, then why not visit the community lunch club. The club provides lunch, refreshments, outings, and community information as well activities, hobbies and chair based exercise sessions to assist your health and wellbeing.

Mondays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 2.00pm at The Living Well Resource Centre, 372 Chadwell Heath Lane, Chadwell Heath RM6 4YG

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 1.30pm at St Johns Church and Centre, St Johns Road, Seven Kings, IG2 7BB

For more information or if you would like to attend please call Kusum Sidhar on 0208 708 9872 or 07958 043760 (between 9.30am and 2.00pm).

Peer review report

Earlier this year, Adult Social Services underwent a peer review and the findings from this review will help with the continuous improvement as part of the ‘sector led improvement’ programme.

A peer review is not an inspection but is viewed as a learning process to assist councils and their partners to help assess current achievements, identify areas for improvements and provide constructive supportive suggestions for development. It is supported by our peers rather than inspectors.

Autism Alert Card available

An Autism Alert Card is available to any Redbridge resident who has an autistic spectrum condition.

The card, which is the size of a credit card can be carried at all times and used in situations where you cannot easily give an explanation about your condition. It will also assist the police and other emergency services to identify that they are dealing with someone who has autism.

The card will carry the logos of the Redbridge Disability Consortium, Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living Redbridge (CiiLR) and Redbridge Council so they will be easily identifiable to the emergency services.

How Redbridge is supporting people with dementia

Redbridge Adult Social Services was asked to participate in a film to show how the council is supporting people with dementia and giving residents choice and control in an extra care sheltered environment or in the community.

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