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Age UK Isle of Wight has launched the ‘Living Well’ approach, a new holistic way of supporting people to live well and maintain independence through early prevention and self-help, informing and empowering people to take positive steps to manage their own health and wellbeing. 

The Living Well approach is designed to support anyone aged 18 and over who may have multiple low level needs requiring support or advice, but who do not meet eligibility criteria to receive adult social care services.

Funded by the Isle of Wight Council through the Improved Better Care Fund, the Living Well approach is delivered by 4 voluntary sector organisations working in partnership: Age UK Isle of Wight; Carers IW; People Matter IW and The Way Forward.

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There are 4 different services that make up the Living Well Service, all of which are offered for free, with specialised support for older people, people living with learning disabilities, people living with mental health conditions and Carers.

• Living Well Support Officers working with Age UK Isle of Wight
• Brokerage Support Service working with People Matter IW
• Learning Disability Support Officer Working with People Matter IW
• Learning Disability Support Officer working with The Way Forward
• Carers Lounge at St Mary’s Hospital working with Carers IW
• Reducing pressure on statutory services

Charlotte Price, Living Well Programme Manager, said:

“I’m really excited about the Living Well Approach and the opportunity to improve the experience and quality of preventative support for local people.  This integrated way of working between the voluntary and statutory sector has been proven to have positive outcomes.  The Cornwall Living Well integrated care programme led to a 31% reduction in all hospital admissions, a 20% average improvement in well being and an 8% reduction in social care costs.  We are hoping to replicate a measure of that success on the Island.

“The whole Living Well ethos is about supporting the person from an earlier stage, and building their confidence, to take positive steps towards managing and improving their own health and wellbeing.  This dedicated early support and guidance function is a new approach to working on the Isle of Wight, which recognises the fantastic services being provided by local charities and the voluntary sector.  By utilising these services we will support the statutory sector to improve health & wellbeing outcomes, reduce cost pressures and deliver transformational change to the wider health and social care system.”

The Living Well Service is now open for referrals, full details can be found online at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/isleofwight/our-services/the-living-well-approach/ or call 01983 525282 and ask for the Living Well Team.

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