This page will be your guide to elderly care services in Suffolk. Suffolk is an ageing county with over 23% of residents over the age of 65, a percentage that is predicted to only increase in the upcoming years.
In addition, the healthy life expectancy (the number years which you are expected to live free from illness) is decreasing – people in Suffolk are expected to get older but to spend more of their lives needing care. The demand for elderly care services is growing and it is vital that navigating the different health and social care bodies and organisations is made as clear as possible.
Depending on where you live in Suffolk, a different NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will oversee the healthcare in your area.
However, Social Care is divided by different boundaries, as is community care. On this page, Age Space has compiled all the information you need to navigate health and social care in Suffolk.
- NHS Services in Suffolk
- Major Hospitals you need to know about
- Community Healthcare
- Finding a GP
- Social Care
- Finding care services in your area
- Booking a Care Needs Assessment
- Mental Health Services in Suffolk
NHS Services for the Elderly in Suffolk
There are 3 CCGs in Suffolk, however, the one servicing Waveny also extends into Norfolk to Gt Yarmouth and the surrounding Norfolk area. CCGs replaced Primary Care Trusts in 2013 and are responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services in their local areas. They oversee:
- GP practices
- Mental Health Services
- Urgent and Emergency Care
- Hospital Services
- Community Care
The 3 CCGs covering Suffolk are (click to be directed to their websites):
- Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG (IESCCG)
- West Suffolk CCG (WSCCG)
- Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG (GYWCCG)
The next evolution of CCGs is planned for 2021 when the IESCCG, WSCCG and North East Essex CCGs combine to form an Integrated Care System (ICS).
The plan is to allow for greater communication between the areas to provide better to area-specific needs. When this change occurs, you can expect for Age Space to update you with all the information you will need.
Major Hospitals and Hospices in Suffolk
- West Suffolk Hospital – Bury St Edmunds
- Ipswich Hospital
- St Elizabeth Hospice – Ipswich
- St Nicholas Hospice – Bury St Edmunds
One step down from CCGs are community healthcare services. They are responsible for smaller community hospitals, providing the community nurses and work with local GPs to provide this care. There are two providers of community care.
- East Coast Community Healthcare – for Waveney and Norfolk
- Suffolk Community Services – the rest of Suffolk
How to find GPs in your area
Search for your local GP on the NHS Website and type in your postcode to find your nearest GP.
Local Authority Elderly Care Services in Suffolk
Suffolk County Council oversees all of the Social and Elderly Care in Suffolk. Some services such as Care Needs Assessments and Carer support groups are outsourced to organisations and charities such as Family Carers Suffolk, but it is Suffolk County Council who you need to contact if you have any questions about their support.
You can also visit Suffolk County Council’s page on Social Care.
Searching for Elderly Care Services and Care Homes
The Council also operates a search facility called InfoLink, for services across the county. You are able to narrow down your search by key-words and area.
Age Space is currently building a search directory to find care homes in Suffolk. Watch this space!
Booking a Care Needs Assessment in Suffolk
A Care Needs Assessment is where to start when understanding the amount of support your relative needs and how much of this can be supplied by the council.
Care Homes and respite facilities sometimes require for one to be completed before they can accept your family member into their care. Completing a Care Needs Assessment can take time so it’s best to complete sooner rather than later.
Visit Age Space’s dedicated page on booking and completing a Care Needs Assessment in Suffolk to find out everything you need to know about this process.
Specialist Mental Health Services for the Elderly in Suffolk
The first step in accessing your local mental health services is to talk to your GP. They will be able to point you towards your specific services in your area.
You can search for local support through: