As the older population in Powys is projected to increase faster than the rest of Wales, it is important that we enable older people to feel supported to live independently in a home of their choice and to remain healthy and active members of the community.

The RPB's Age Well Partnership is responsible for taking forward the Regional Partnership Board’s work to strengthen and transform services for older people in Powys as set out in Powys’ Health and Care Strategy. Here are some of its projects:

Befriending

The only Powys-wide befriending service. It provides a mixture of group activities and 1 to 1 volunteer befriending to help support socially isolated older people and carers. The service is also well-linked to other community services such as Community Connectors. This means clients who may have additional or newly apparent needs can be easily supported to access other services and be helped to secure ‘what matters’ to them.

Right Sizing Care Packaging 

This project aims to increase the capacity of domiciliary care providers and personal assistants by reducing the number of double-handed care packages. This is done by using OT reviews, recommendations and using appropriate equipment and assistive technology. It also delivers care packages that are better-tailored to the needs of the individual.

Enhanced Brokerage

The aim of this pilot has been to reduce demands on operational social care staff, and deliver better and quicker outcomes for service users in the north of Powys by centralised brokering of care home packages. Planning is now underway to mainstream the enhanced brokerage and pilot new areas of procurement to broker.