New health and well­be­ing scheme

Middleton Guardian - - FEEL GOOD FESTIVAL -

AN in­no­va­tive scheme is en­sur­ing scores of res­i­dents can ac­cess key ser­vices to im­prove their health and well­be­ing.

Any per­son aged 65 or over liv­ing in the bor­ough of Rochdale can sign-up to the pi­o­neer­ing Stay­well ser­vice to help them so­cialise, build their con­fi­dence and join lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

The scheme, which is run by Di­rect Health on be­half of Rochdale Bor­ough Coun­cil and their health part­ners, re­duces so­cial iso­la­tion through help and sup­port pro­vided by a ded­i­cated team of staff.

Bor­ough res­i­dent Gla­dys Ly­nam, who felt iso­lated af­ter her hus­band died four years ago, signed up for the scheme af­ter hear­ing about it from a friend.

Gla­dys said: “It has been a fan­tas­tic ser­vice for me, a real life saver. I was ba­si­cally house­bound but now I am sup­ported to get out and about to do my shop­ping. I have also been con­nected with lo­cal bingo ses­sions and other com­mu­nity events. I feel I have got my in­de­pen­dence back and my life back.”

John McNiece, who also lives in the bor­ough, added: “I am fit and healthy, but since my wife died I felt I needed more so­cial out­lets to meet new peo­ple. I was put in touch with some lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and it’s al­ready im­proved my qual­ity of life and pro­vided me with a new group of friends and so­cial net­works.”

Coun­cil­lor Iftikhar Ahmed, cab­i­net mem­ber for adult ser­vices, said: “This ser­vice is a vi­tal life­line for el­derly and frail peo­ple, pro­vid­ing them with much needed help and sup­port to im­prove their health and well­be­ing. It also helps to re­duce bed block­ing and pre­vent un­nec­es­sary hos­pi­tal stays. Well done to ev­ery­one in­volved in cre­at­ing this im­por­tant ser­vice.”

Any­one wish­ing to sign up to the Stay­well should phone 01706 360008 or email stay­well@di­

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at di­rect-health.­vices/ stay­well-ser­vice.

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