Around 20% of the population in Cambridgeshire are over the age of 65, a number that is only predicted to increase over the next number of decades. Looking after our ageing population is of paramount importance, so navigating elderly care services in Cambridgeshire should be as straightforward as possible – the aim of this page is to help you out with that!
Elderly care is generally split into two sectors; healthcare and social-care. Both are of a high standard in Cambridgeshire, with both major hospitals – Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital – performing well in Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings and Cambridgeshire County Council making improvements to social care a priority across the region.
NHS Services for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire
As previously mentioned, the healthcare service across Cambridgeshire is excellent and benefits from the talent and cutting edge research that comes out of the University of Cambridge.
Healthcare is the responsibility of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System (ICS), which is one of the largest of its kind in the country. The ICS oversees everything to do with healthcare in Cambridgeshire, including the general hospitals, GP services, mental health services and smaller local hospitals, all the way down to community care services.
Cambridgeshire's Major Hospitals
Peterborough City Hospital has two wards specifically for Elderly Medicine, on which ‘Dementia Champion’ staff are further trained to help those with Dementia. Cambridgeshire also makes use of the close proximity to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Additionally, Cambridge has a specialist cardio-respiratory hospital, Papworth Hospital, as well as a number of smaller community and outpatient-only hospitals.
Community Healthcare in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust provides community healthcare to the almost 1 million people across Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire’s ICS has put a greater emphasis on care becoming more localised and the introduction of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) is the first step into helping local providers cover more healthcare responsibilities.
Although to you and I it just looks like another excuse for an acronym, it should also result in a better, more personalised and effect-approach to local healthcare, with more resources being provided closer to patient’s homes.
Finding a GP in Cambridgeshire
Local Authority Elderly Care Services in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire County Council is responsible for the provision of Social Care services across the whole of Cambridgeshire. Over recent years, they have been criticised for failing to adequately signpost and connect people to services, leading to a significant restructuring of their website.
Your first port of call for anything social care should be the Cambridge County Council, including care needs assessments, funding home adaptations and more. The Council do outsource aspects of social care to local charities, like Caring Together and Age UK Cambridgeshire, but for the most part it is them who will organise the social care for your family.
Searching for Elderly Care Services and Care Homes in Cambridgeshire
The Cambridge County Council-operated Service Directory is a great place to start when looking for social care services near you. There are over 2,200 services listed with full contact details. You are also able to refine your search using the filters provided including Age, Accessibility, Availability, Category and more. Those in Peterborough can also use the Peterborough Information Network (PIN).
Booking a Care Needs Assessment in Cambridgeshire
A care needs assessment is vital to access many aspects of social care, including funding for home adaptations in Cambridgeshire, home-care, care homes and, often, day care facilities. It clarifies for both you, the carer and the council how much help your family member needs and how much the council might be able to provide.
If you feel like your elderly relative may soon require more care, then it might be a good idea to ask about getting a care needs assessment, as the process can sometimes take some time.
You can find out how to go about booking a Care Needs Assessment in Cambridgeshire by using Age Space’s comprehensive guide on the subject.
Specialist Mental Health Services for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire
For the most part, patients are referred to mental health services via their GP, so being registered is the first step in accessing these services.
In case of a mental health crisis call 111 and press option 2 for the First Response Service.
If you are in need of bereavement support services in Cambridgeshire visit our page on this topic. For additional Elderly Mental Health Services follow the links below:
Home Care in Cambridgeshire
You can use Age Space’s own Home Care Directory to look for suitable home care that’s in your area. Search through our Cambridgeshire Home Care Directory here.