Release date: 8 March 2019
When Crawford Medley first moved to Shoreham-by-Sea having not long suffered a stroke he found himself feeling rather isolated and unsure of where to turn for support.
Having been assessed by an occupational therapist, Crawford was referred to the Prevention Assessment Team – a dedicated team which includes nurse advisors, social care workers from West Sussex County Council, Guild Care as well as Age UK West Sussex.
The Team provides information, advice and support to enable independence and self-care for those who may be struggling to remain living well at home, thus reducing the need for reactive, more intrusive and costly services.
Caseworker Kelly Murphy was assigned to work with Crawford in the summer of 2018 and soon identified a number of ways to make his life that little bit easier.
This included everything from providing contact details for local gardeners, finding an NHS dentist to register with, as well as speaking with his GP to see if he could be referred for physiotherapy sessions. She was also able to arrange for the installation of a keysafe, a lifeline pendant and smoke alarms at his property.
Kelly also put Crawford in touch with Guild Care for a link worker who supported him to access public transport and social groups and also enabled him to receive some domestic help at home from Guild Care Home.
Since settling in, he has been linked up with Workability to access volunteering opportunities that appealed to him. This has seen him attend a number of social groups and he is now looking at becoming a volunteer at one group to help others find their feet again.
Crawford said: “I was very isolated when I first moved here, but now adaptations have been made to my home. It has allowed me to reclaim my life. It would have taken me far longer to try and sort all of this out on my own and it would have been far more difficult. It has been a real lifeline for me.”
In order to make the service more accessible to those in need, drop-in sessions are being held at Worthing Library every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm until the end of March 2019.
You can also come and meet some of the Team for a coffee morning as part of Library Wellbeing month on Tuesday, March 19 from 10:30am -12:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “The support that the Prevention Assessment Teams provide in our communities is invaluable. Over the years they have helped many people regain their independence and confidence again.
“I would urge anyone who feels they might benefit from the support offered by the team, or anyone who knows someone who might be in need of a helping hand, to attend the coffee morning on March 19 where they can speak to a member of the team and find out more.”