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South Cumbria Connect - Older Adults and Depression

This social prescribing pilot is for older patients with or at risk of mild to moderate depression. One in four older people have symptoms of depression. Risk increases with age, and 40% of those over 85 are affected. Depression is also more than seven times more common in people with two or more long-term conditions.

A dedicated Age UK officer who will provide two options:

1. Weekly social prescribing clinics, providing person centred holistic assessments, agreed support plans and signposting when relevant.These will be at Captain French Practice in Kendal. People will be able to discuss any non-clinical issues affecting their mental wellbeing. When relevant the patient will be escalated to an Age UK case officer for on-going support.

2. On-going support for complex cases. The officer will work with the individual to identify the issues that are affecting their mental wellbeing. A support plan will be agreed with the patient and implemented. The support plan can include multiple issues such as welfare benefit applications (Income maximisation) and social isolation issues, any practical support needs are also identified and solutions sought. Patients are also “linked into” Age UK South Lakeland’s wide range of services and facilities for older people, these include the bridge building service, various social groups and activities, daycare, advocacy support and general case work covering a wide range of topics.

This is a Life Matters service offering people opportunities for living well.

Who to contact

01539 728118
Helpline: 01539 728180
Age UK South Lakeland

Where to go

Age UK South Lakeland
Last updated: 18/11/2020
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