healthier communities and older people

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					Healthier communities and older people

Some areas of the South Central neighbourhood have generally poor health compared with
national levels. It is generally accepted that poor health is influenced by other aspects of
deprivation, including worklessness, poor skills, inadequate housing and high crime etc.
Accordingly, health outcomes will only be improved if the targets across the other themes of
this neighbourhood agreement are met.

In South Central there has been an emphasis on partnership initiatives with the Primary
Care Trust to address key health indices, access to health services and on health education
programmes. The Heal 8 project, for example, has developed a community health approach
within the Liverpool 8 area.

It is also recognised that action is needed to improve exercise and diet, and to reduce
illnesses caused by smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.

The growing number of older people in the neighbourhood will present health and care
challenges in the future that will have to be met with an effective home-care support service
if they are to receive the help they need to maintain their independence. We also need to
ensure local pensioners receive all the benefits they are entitled to.

We need to ensure that the benefits system does all it can to assist those who make the
transfer from unemployment to work. And for those people who cannot take up employment,
education or training opportunities that they are in receipt of their full benefits entitlement.

Our priorities and corresponding key actions in the next three years are:

      Priority                                         Key actions
      To increase support for independent               Ensure attractive programmes of social
      living and reduce the use of                       and physical activities are available for
      institutional care                                 older people
                                                        Improve mental health provision
                                                         particularly for BRM community
                                                        Partnership working between local
                                                         agencies to provide joined up care
                                                         pathway between services
                                                        audit and report on impact of actions to
                                                         support vulnerable people
      To improve diet and exercise and                 
      reduce smoking, alcohol and drug
      Improve residents’ income                            Improve benefits take-up in our most
                                                            needy communities
                                                           Support return to work initiatives
                                                            including the over 50s