Sheffield service helping the elderly celebrates after securing funding

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A Sheffield service which has helped more than 2,000 older people with long-term illnesses has secured funding to continue its work.

Age UK Sheffield’s Independent Living Coordination service was set up as a four-year pilot in 2011 but has now received £400,000, allowing it to have a longer-term future.

A total of £200,000 has been allocated by the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and £200,000 by from Age UK’s national coffers.

Additional funding of £80,000 has also come from Macmillan Cancer Support.

The cash will pay for 10 independent living coordinators who find solutions to problems which affect the ability of people to self-manage their health conditions and live independently.

Rosalind Eve, chief executive of Age UK Sheffield, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this funding which means we can continue to support thousands of older people across the city to cope with the issues they face and regain their independence.

“The service fully complements housing, health, social care and community-based services across Sheffield and has ensured that 98 per cent of service users have achieved independence without onward referral to health services or residential care. We are reducing the risk of further decline and mitigating the need for more intensive and costly government-funded support and care.

“With a rising older population and ever-decreasing public resources, we have to look at innovative ways, such as the Independent Living Coordination service, to meet the needs of older people.”

Dr Andrew McGinty, GP and clinical director for long-term conditions, cancer, end-of-life care and older people at NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group , said: “The CCG is committed to delivering more care in the community, including within people’s homes, to further improve patient experience and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.”