09/10/2014

MP Visits Age UK Sheffield

Paul Blomfield visit

A pioneering service that supports Sheffield’s older population has been visited by a local MP nearly four years after he launched the project.

Paul Blomfield MP took the time to see at first hand the Independent Living Coordination (ILC) service, which is run by Age UK Sheffield.

The innovative service is targeted at those with complex lives who often have long-term illness, lower resilience and reduced capability to manage everyday life or self-care.  Independent living coordinators, who are specialists in the complex issues that commonly affect individuals in later life, work to find solutions to whatever problems are affecting someone’s ability to self-manage and live independently.

Mr Blomfield, the MP for Sheffield Central, launched the original pilot in 2011 and was keen to hear for himself the issues older people are facing, how the project has grown and the positive impact it has had on the people who use it.

He met with Age UK Sheffield’s team of Independent Living Coordinators to understand the work they do and how they help the city’s older people to improve their quality of life and maintain independence.

Lynne Sen, ILC service manager, said: 

“We were delighted to welcome Paul back and tell him about the work of the ILC service and highlight how vital this service is to older people living in Sheffield. It was good to have the opportunity to talk to him about how public spending cuts have impacted on many of our service-users lives. These cuts have led to often drastic reductions in social care budgets, delays to

“On a daily basis we are helping people who are most at risk of health decline or hospital admission. By giving them the tools and means to rapidly and appropriately resolve issues in their lives, we are reducing the risk of further decline and mitigating the need for more intensive and costly government-funded support and care and Paul was very supportive of our efforts.”

 Paul Blomfield MP said:

“I found the visit and the opportunity to meet with Age UK Sheffield’s team of Independent Living Coordinators most enlightening. I was shocked to learn from them about how the pressures on the social care budget are impacting on the great work they do supporting people. The impact of social care budget cuts is leaving many of our most vulnerable and dependent older people without the level of social care that their assessed needs require. The disproportionately high cuts to local council budgets, and to Sheffield City Council in particular, is clearly having a very harsh impact.”

Anyone over the age of 50 can access Age UK Sheffield services.

For more information please contact 0114 250 2850 or email enquiries@ageuksheffield.org.uk

 

 

 

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