Oldbury Agewell Local Forum Report
We had a visit from Martin Filsak from the Telecare Project. Telecare is the use of technology to support people to stay independent and to live longer in their own homes. He demonstrated a variety of electronic equipment to us. It all seemed very useful and got us thinking about the kinds of electronic devices that would be useful. There were two devices that you are able to receive free of charge without a professional referral. One helps to turn a lamp on remotely so you don't trip if you wake in the night and get out of bed. The other, known as the SHED and is unique to Sandwell, is a verbal reminder to you when the room is either getting too hot or too cold. For all the others, you need a referral and assessment.
We also received some booklets about the Mental Capacity Act.
Smethwick Agewell Local Forum Report
We had a visit from Daphne Lewsley, the Foundation Project Manager and another colleague from Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHT Trust . They were telling us about the hospitals' plan to become a Foundation Trust. We were also invited to become members of the new Foundation Trust
Oldbury event in March
We were visited by the Bowel cancer screening practitioners who are based at City Hospital and cover the whole of Sandwell. They were talking about the kinds of things people should look out for and detailed the new screening programme for 60-69 year olds which is planned for the near future. People over 69 will be able to request a test which is sent by lab. We also accepted 7 nominations for Agewell Sandwell which will go forward to Agewell’s AGM in April and voted for one member of the Later Life Partnership. We spent some time talking about the upcoming Agewell event in March for Oldbury at the Bethel Convention Centre. People were able t o think of different groups and individuals that they could invite and invites were taken to be distributed. Edna Barker, the Older People’s Champion for Oldbury and Smethwick talked about her role in the area and handed out information leaflets so that people could refer to her – either self referral or otherwise.