As the ageing population continues to grow within a climate of cuts and stretched resources, services that support us to age well are more vital now than ever. Royal Voluntary Service’s ambition is to demedicalise ageing and help more older adults lead full and active later lives.
Royal Voluntary Service works with Clinical Commissioning Groups and the NHS offering Home from Hospital and other services which offer a holistic approach to addressing health problems.
Our film Food for Thought, produced in partnership with ITN Productions and the College of Medicine was launched at Food: The Future of Medicine Conference on 14 September 2017. In it we explore the opportunities for patients and medical professionals to promote good health through social prescribing by looking at the incredible plasticity of ageing and the potential for creating a better, later life.
With social prescribing, Royal Voluntary Service, offers a non-medical way for older people to improve their health after hospital treatment. Through specially designed social and physical activities Royal Voluntary Service support older to stay active, reduce the need for medication and recover faster.
These services are based on extensive research and delivering these services with the support of highly trained local volunteers can lead to a wide range of benefits. The power of volunteers and local communities can help patients to recover faster, improve social wellbeing and keep people out of hospitals thereby reducing pressure on health and social care.
Our film includes features from Eric, who has been receiving volunteer support from one of our Home from Hospital services since returning from hospital and from Barry Rigg, Community Engagement Manger at University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. Barry discusses how the trust works with Royal Voluntary Service and the services we provide such as Move it or Lose it exercise classes on ward.
"We have taken the evidence around what factors drive ageing well to create a series of impactful services which we deliver in hospitals, people’s homes and in the community."
Karl Demian, Executive Director of Strategy and Operations
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