Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Older Persons Day Services Review

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Martha Fowler Dixon

Publication date: 29/06/2012

Review date: 29/06/2013

Departmental Manager Approval by : Richard Ellis

Departmental Manager Approval date : 22/06/2012

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

The long-term vision for day opportunities for older people is being developed in partnership with older people themselves, with service providers and other key stakeholders. The aim of the project is to ensure that future day services and day opportuntities for older people are more personalised and focused around reablement .Day services for older people and older people with dementia or other high support needs (including physical and functional mental health needs and or sensory loss) play an important supporting role in maximising opportunities for well being, improving quality of life and promoting independence. Day Service Opportunities do not operate in isolation to the rest of the community or other services available in the community they will be delivered to promote the ethos of early intervention and prevention and reablement and will facilitate people towards being confident in self directing their long term support needs.The service will support people throughout their ageing journey and adapt to their changing needs whilst ensuring that activities and services offered are both personalised and appropriate to their needs and ultimately are outcome focused and life enhancing. The service aims to

Reduce the level of social isolation felt or experienced by older people and older people with dementia and other high support needs.

Support older people and older people with dementia and other high support needs to feel more confident to live at home either independently or with support

Promote the ethos of a healthy and active older age

Decrease the number of interventions required on a long term basis

Increase the level of community engagement and intergenerational activity

Empower people to shape the service and older age that they want

Provide meaningful activity and interaction for people with dementia and other high support needs

Support the people who use the service to take positive risks to maximise opportunities for life enhancing outcomes

Provide flexible and responsive respite for carers

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

Following an initial consultation event with older people and service providers a way forward has been agreed with the Departmental Management Team that outlines the transition plans in place for the modernisation of day services over the next five years. which includes a Project Plan and Procurement Timescale and Implementation Plan.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : High
Any specific issues identified: To provide day opportunities and services which take into account peoples needs & aspirations and remove barriers to social inclusion. This will be achieved through an increased level of intergenerational work , engagement with mainstream activities , groups and services and enabling people to rebuild or maintain community links that are important to them
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: The Service Specification and tender process will ensure that services that promote inclusion and equality will be procured to deliver these outcomes
Disability: Impact : High
Any specific issues identified: To ensure a range of opportunities exist that have a positive impact on peoples physical, emotional and cognitive needs.
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: The Service Specification and tender process will ensure that services that promote inclusion and equality will be procured to deliver these outcomes
Faith: Impact : Low
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Gender: Impact : Low
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Transgender: Impact : Low
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Race: Impact : Low
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Sexual Orientation: Impact : Low
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Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : No Impact
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Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : No Impact
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Other factors: Impact : No Impact
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Details of why some groups are low and/or no impact

Since the main purpose of the project is to promote the development of day services and opportunities for older people that focus on reablement , early intervention and prevention age and disability have been identified as high impact factors and the impacts are intended to be positive .All other factors have been identified as low or no impact , though it is recognised that within the main group targeted by this project there are other sub groups that will need specific considerations in different areas of Hampshire. The service provider will be expected to consider equalities issues and the diversity of the population in the different localities of Hampshire and take account of the particular issues , opportunities or needs as part of the project. The providers knowledge and understanding of diversity in its broadest terms will be evaluated at the PreQualification Questionnaire stage of the tender process . The provider will be expected to respect beliefs and traditions of the people using the service and any impact this may have on their dietary needs or daily requirements. The provider will be expected to be aware of the needs of older people and their carers for intimacy.They will be expected to be discreet and respectful in all matters relating to a service users sexual orientation and understand that for many people it may be a sensitive and private matter that they find difficult to discuss

Conclusion

The project focuses on empowering older people and supporting them to stay connected to and feeling part of thier communities, which should in turn sustain their resilience and delay and reduce the need for more intensive interventions.

People who access these services will be enabled to live as independently as possible whilst engaged in meaningful day opportunities that meet their individual needs and promote their well being. The service will be expected to support people coming out of hospital and out of the Rapid Reablement Service as well as providing more long term high levels of support. There are no negative impacts expected and the anticipated outcome will be positive in relation to age and disability with an aim to reach out to other minority groups such as BME communities.

 

For more information please visit the Hampshire County Council Equality & Diversity web page.