As you get older the range of problems you face can grow, to the point where it might be difficult to cope, know what to do for the best, or make it difficult for you to leave your house.
We have a small team of nurses at the practice who support older people with complex needs to sort out problems you can find yourself faced with.
The sorts of things they can help you with are
Loneliness and isolation
Practical issues such as help dressing and cleaning
Their role is to help you understand the range of services available and support you in deciding the best course of action.
If you feel they could be of help then ask your Dr to put you in touch.
District Nurses carry out many roles for housebound patients, including:
General nursing procedures and investigations
Assessment of patients’ needs
Care for terminally ill patients
Loaning of equipment
Looking after wounds and leg ulcers
Educating patients about self-care
Referrals can be made by a Dr or nurse at the practice, patients themselves or by carers and family members.
Tracy Kent is our Community Matron.
Community matrons specialise in caring for older people, whether they live in their own home or a care home. They help patients manage their health problems and try to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital.
If a patient has to be admitted, they will communicate with the hospital team to ensure a smooth a discharge as possible.
It is very important that anyone who has problems with their memory has a proper assessment. If these problems are due to dementia then early diagnosis and referral have many benefits for the patient, their carer(s) and family. It can help them to plan and access the treatment and support they need and to improve their quality of life.
Please book with one of Dr’s who can make the initial assessment and refer you to the memory clinic if needs be.
Adult Social Care
Leeds city council help people aged over 18 to live as well as possible with their illness, disability or other problems. It can include help with things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about and keeping in touch with family and friends.
Adults who may need extra care and support include: