We have been working with and on behalf of older South Asian persons and their carers since 1990 in the City of Manchester and since April 2005 in North Trafford. Our work in Trafford is funded and monitored by Trafford Adult Social Services.
We work with persons:
- Over the age of 60 years and their carers
- From South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and from neighbouring countries) and East African Asians
- Who are Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and who belong to other religions
Living in North Trafford
What we do:
We visit older persons (in their own homes, nursing/residential homes and/or hospitals) and their carers, and
- Discuss their social and health care needs - what they need to maintain or improve the quality of their life. For example, what support they need to climb steps/stairs, move about inside and/or outside the house, have a bath/shower, dress/undress, cook, clean the house. We look at housing issues, welfare benefits, social isolation, health, transport and other issues
- Inform them about services that are available from Trafford Social Services and others
- Provide them with practical help, for example, we make phone calls, write letters, talk to others and complete forms
- For those who are already receiving services, we review these and if appropriate we discuss with the Care Manager/ Social Worker or other professionals
- Talk to our service users in their own language where possible. Our staff/ volunteers speak English, Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi
We work in partnership with health (GPs, District Nurses and others) and social care (Social Workers, Care Workers and others) professionals to ensure that service users’/ carers’ needs are accurately assessed, services that are provided take into consideration cultural and religious differences and that any unmet needs are recorded.