Living, not existing:Social Groups for older people

Short Title Living, not existing:Social Groups for older people
Category Promoting healthy ageing (prevention)
Organisation Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Contact Name Claire Downs
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Sector Hospital/Acute Care
Region Wiltshire
Postcode SP2 8BJ
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A pilot project exploring the benefits of weekly occupation-focused social groups held for older people who may live alone or in isolation in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. The groups will be facilitated by a therapy outreach ‘Early Supported Discharge’ team in collaboration with an older person’s support service, who work alongside a local GP surgery and Age UK. The benefits of this are two-fold: to provide longer-term therapy goals for people to remain motivated to engage with occupations past the initial intense input from the ESD team; and to facilitate an integrated approach to help older people remain independent in their own communities, and delay or prevent the need for care. The project is funded by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ ‘Innovation Award 2018’.


The project is in its final stage, the outcome measures focus on: wellbeing, loneliness and occupational participation. Subjective feedback will also be gathered from the participants which will contribute towards shaping future service provision.

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