Housing Conference Solutions to the Social Care Crisis Action For Elders was invited to conduct two workshops at the recent Older People’s Housing Conference in Cardiff The sessions were extraordinarily well received, with delegates keen to speak with Action for Elders about how they could get a programme in their homes or communities. As part of our ongoing quest to address the problems of the crisis in social care, we gave a taster workshop of the history and details of our hugely successful, evidenced-based Balances Lives programme. We were able to show how working in partnership with housing associations could produce a win-win scenario for both organisations; as we bring added value in health and social care to their environment. Chosen as an example of good practice was the programme at the Golau Caredig Extra Care Housing complex in Barry, run by Hafod Care. Running since 2014 it has become a flagship programme; building valuable links with the local community. It has produced some astounding results in the improvement of both physical and mental health in those who attended the weekly sessions. James Lewis led the session with a history of the organisation and how it all began. He advised attendees that the session was a 'powerpoint free zone' where delegates would interact to the point that they would see how Balanced Lives would work for them as well as where they work. Lorraine Morgan led on how Balanced Lives fitted into the current strategy of care and well-being for older people in Wales, as laid down by the Welsh Assembly. She gave practical examples of what the programme is like from a social interaction perspective and how important it is to follow the Senses Framework in building relationships with participants. Next came Paula Whittingham; area manager of Hafod Care who spoke of the crucial role and importance of partnerships in the care of older people and the enormous benefits they had gained from the introduction of our programme at Golau Caredig. Lastly, David Clyant of Action For Elders took the lead on mobility. David spoke of his background and practical experience of delivering the mobility side of the programme. He then led the whole group in a series of movements to show the actual benefits of what we do. There was a lot of creaking, groans, bone crunching - and laughter - as the groups got to grips with our revolutionary but non-invasive methods. The sessions were extraordinarily well received, with delegates keen to speak with Action for Elders about how they could get a programme in their homes or communities. To date 12 enquiries have been received by the charity. Action for Elders can save social care money as it offers exceptional value. For more details go to our ‘Contact Us’ section… Booking for this event has now closed.