Older People's Strategy Draft
The Board considered and commented on the
draft Older People’s Strategy.
- Comments had been given to Andy
Kimber on the Strategy and some of
these were typographical errors.
- It was suggested that other
Directorates should see the Strategy to give feedback. A cross
reference of other strategies was going to be undertaken.
- It was suggested that information on
opportunities for older people should be included in the Strategy.
At the end of paragraph 5 of the Executive Summary, an additional
sentence should be added: ‘This will include promoting
employment opportunities for older people, opportunities for
education and training and a fulfilling lifestyle’.
- It was suggested that the font size
of the wording ‘Bracknell Forest Older People’s
Partnership Board’ on the front of the document be bigger as
the Strategy was a Partnership document.
- ‘Adding Life to Years’
was the previous Older People’s Strategy from 2009. It was
queried who the refreshed Strategy was aimed at and who would see
it. When the content of the refreshed Strategy was agreed, an easy
read version for the public would be considered. The Sensory Needs
Team would consider the colours and fonts in the document.
- The national context may be added in
an annex to the Strategy as the points were relevant.
- Some of the issues raised could
possibly by dealt with by other partnerships, for example, feeling
safe and police presence would be within the remit of the Community
Safety Partnership, and employment opportunities would be within
the remit of the Economic and Skills Development Partnership.
- The Older People’s Partnership
would feed into the Health and Wellbeing Board. The Older
People’s Strategy would be considered by the Bracknell Forest
Partnership Board and other relevant Partnerships would be informed
of the Strategy.
- It was suggested that the Strategy
could include ‘this is what we did’ and this is what we
aim to do’.
- The Strategy did not include
information regarding quality of care. The Chief Officer: Housing
would provide information regarding housing which may include extra
care schemes. It was queried whether information regarding personal
and domiciliary care would be included but it was noted that this
was present in safeguarding and governance information.
- The format of the Strategy would be
re-visited once the content had been agreed.
- It was suggested that a list of
relevant policies could be included such as the Dementia Strategy.
There were various strategies which could be included but it was
queried how these would be referenced. One suggestion was an extra
column on the action plan assessment document for relevant
- There would be two
versions of the document: a more detailed one for agencies and a
more ‘user friendly‘ version for the wider public which
BFVA would put together.
(Action: Martin Gilman)
- It was suggested that
a statement be added to the Strategy to reflect the needs of older
people at different ages, for example, 50 years was very different
to 100 years in terms of individual needs; similar to the previous
‘Adding Life to Years’ Strategy.
- People would be encouraged and
supported to consider what was available in their environment to
assist them in later years.
- With a large cohort of older people
there would be pressure on existing services and budgets. There was
a need to be realistic regarding what could be achieved.
- It was suggested that wellbeing and
self-care could be promoted earlier, aiming at people in their 40s
and 50s as people wanted different levels of support and
independence in later years.
- Prevention was about behaviour
change. It was suggested that there should be outcome measures and
monitoring of the quality and value of actions.
- A ‘social return on
investment’ model was used at Bracknell Forest Homes where
discussions were held with people regarding their support plan and
achievement was measured. Case studies were important to
demonstrate a holistic approach.
- Evidence would likely be needed for
some future funding requests to show that services and schemes
delivered, although it was sometimes difficult to capture evidence
if there was not a set project.
- In 8.1, p.23 of the Strategy, the
word ‘illicit’ would be replaced.
- Key priorities from the Strategy had
been collated into the assessment action plan. It was suggested
that there be an extra column for the initials of the Partnership
involved, in the action plan.
- If people were able to continue
working, this would enable them to remain in their own homes for
- It was suggested that priorities in
the action plan be cross referenced and linked where
- There was a need to be careful that
services ‘wanted’ rather than ‘needed’ did
not become a strategic priority.
- There was discussion surrounding how
to encourage people to remain part of the community after
retirement. It was suggested that there be retirement planning for
people in their 40s and 50s and mentoring, for example, to discuss
the implications of retiring to a seaside area. The retirement age
was moving and people may not need, want or be able to retire at 65
- The aim was for the Strategy to be
ready by the next meeting of the Older People’s Partnership
on 20 March 2013.
- Further comments on the Strategy
should be sent to Andy Kimber, Mira
Haynes and Martin Gilman by Friday 15 February.