Age Scotland are currently collating information on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service in response to a recent consultation to find out how older people who have a fall at home would like to be treated.
They are looking to hear your thoughts on being taken to A&E and the provision of care within the community in order to improve the falls pathway.
A series of Falls Treatment Focus Groups have been arranged to take place online using the Zoom platform during the weeks of 22nd and 29th March.
You do not need to have experienced a fall at home to take part, but you will be asked how you would like to be treated if you did have a fall at home at some part of your life.
The focus group will be chaired by a member of Age Scotland staff and will last approximately 1 hour.
If you would like to take part to help to shape the service, there are a few ways in which you can do this:
I have organised for an online focus group to take part for the Older Peoples Network in Dundee to take place on Monday 29th March at 2pm. If you would like to attend this session, please let me know and I will send you the log in details. We can put on additional sessions if required.
For those who are not confident in taking part in online meetings, there is also the opportunity to take part via telephone conferencing. A date for this session is to yet to be arranged, so again please let me know if you would like to do this.
Alternatively, perhaps you would like to give your views in writing. You can do so by emailing me your thoughts to the following questions no later than Wednesday 17th March.
I will then collate the thoughts of the network and feed these in to Age Scotland who will compile a report to go to the Ambulance service.
We are looking to find out your views on the following questions:
- If you had a fall at home what would you expect from the ambulance service?
- If you had a fall at home are there any other services you would contact other than the ambulance service?
- If an ambulance crew recommended you didn’t need to go to A&E what would be your thoughts?
- If an ambulance crew or ambulance caller advised that you could be referred to community services and be treated at home, how would you feel about this?
This very much ties in with the work that we are doing in Dundee with regards to improving the Falls pathway so your collective thoughts will also be fed into the Falls Strategy group in Dundee too.
Please let me know if you would like to take part.