What is Social Prescribing?

It is about helping you access support services in the community to complement the health care being provided by your GP.

Because feeling better does not always come in a tube or a bottle.

The Primary Care Network have a team of qualified professionals who can work with you to help you identify and find support services. These include Social Prescribers, practitioners who can help you improve your quality of life and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.

The Crane Valley PCN Social prescribing Team can offer a range of potential benefits for older adults, helping to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

Enhanced Social Connections:

Social prescribing encourages older adults to engage in community-based activities, such as social clubs, support groups, or volunteering opportunities. These interactions can combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, promoting a sense of belonging and social connectedness.

Improved Mental Health:

Participating in meaningful activities through social prescribing can have positive effects on mental health. It may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, provide a sense of purpose, and enhance emotional well-being.

Increased Physical Activity:

Social prescribing often includes opportunities for physical activities tailored to older adults, such as gentle exercises, walking groups, or gardening. Regular physical activity can contribute to improved mobility, cardiovascular health, and overall physical well-being.

Enhanced Cognitive Function:

Engaging in stimulating activities, such as arts and crafts, games, or learning sessions, can help maintain cognitive function and potentially reduce the risk of cognitive decline in older adults.

Better Management of Chronic Conditions:

Social prescribing can complement medical treatments by addressing the social determinants of health. By supporting individuals in managing chronic conditions and promoting healthy behaviours, social prescribing may lead to better health outcomes for older adults.

Increased Self-Esteem and Confidence:

Achieving personal goals and being active participants in community activities can boost self-esteem and confidence in older adults, promoting a positive self-image and sense of accomplishment.

Reduced Healthcare Utilisation:

By addressing social and emotional needs, social prescribing may help reduce the need for healthcare services and hospitalisations in older adults, leading to potential cost savings for healthcare systems.

Person-Centered Care:

Social prescribing emphasizes individual preferences and interests, allowing older adults to choose activities that align with their unique needs and lifestyle. This person-centered approach can enhance the overall satisfaction with healthcare services.

Improved Quality of Life:

By offering a diverse range of community-based activities and support, social prescribing can contribute to an improved overall quality of life for older adults, promoting happiness, contentment, and life satisfaction.

Building Resilience and Coping Skills:

Engaging in social activities and support groups can provide older adults with coping mechanisms and resilience, enabling them to better navigate life’s challenges and transitions.

Stronger Community Engagement:

Social prescribing can foster stronger community ties and intergenerational connections, allowing older adults to share their experiences and wisdom while feeling valued and appreciated within the community.

Overall, social prescribing offers a holistic approach to addressing the well-being of older adults by recognising the importance of social determinants of health and tailoring interventions to meet their unique needs and preferences. By supporting older adults in staying active, engaged, and socially connected, social prescribing can significantly enhance their overall health and happiness in their later years.

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