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NHS Continuing Healthcare Useful Info

Heard about NHS Continuing Healthcare? If you (or a relative) need full time care and you have a certain level of savings/assets, you’ll probably be told to pay. 

But if you have health needs you should first be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, which is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over arranged and funded solely by the NHS.

In order to receive NHS CHC funding individuals have to be assessed by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) according to a legally prescribed decision making process to determine whether the individual has a ‘primary health need’.

NHS England have produced a short information video about the topic (below) and the Department of Health have produced a fact sheet – click here. 

A brilliant online information resource all about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding in England is Care To Be Different. Which was set up by Angela Sherman after her own parents’ experience of the UK care system.

“Whether or not you pay for care does NOT depend on your money. It depends on your care needs only. It doesn’t matter how much money you do or don’t have. Be sure to get properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Our website provides lots of information to help you”.

She developed the website as a specialist information resource, providing practical information about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and other care matters. It can help families:

  • apply for NHS Continuing Heatlhcare funding – and appeal decisions that deny funding
  • understand what really goes on in Continuing Healthcare assessments and how to fight your relative’s corner
  • make a better decision when choosing a care home
  • prevent an elderly relative being discharged from hospital before being properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

Do take a look at the website which features, frequently asked questions, case studies as well as questions you may need to ask.

We at Knowsley’s User Led Organisation would also like to host a public information session on this topic and invite a local representative from Knowsley’s CCG to give an overview/lowdown on Continuing Healthcare – we’ll keep you posted on the date that we run this – it’ll be well worth getting along to!

Knowsley Chemist Opening Hours during the Christmas Period

Please do check with your local chemist for their opening hours over the 2016 Christmas and New Year period. However the following pharmacies in Knowsley will be open over the festive holiday period:

Sunday 25 December 2016
  • Neil’s Pharmacy, 32 Molyneux Drive, Prescot, L35 5DY (10am-12pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (12-4pm)
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (2-4pm)
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (10am-2pm)
Monday 26 December 2016
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (12-2pm)
Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • Tops Pharmacy, 5-6 Glovers Brow, Kirkby, L32 2AE (12-2pm)
Sunday 1 January 2017
  • Kirkby Town Chemist, Unit A2, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, L32 8RR (9.45am-8.30pm)
  • Asda Pharmacy, Huyton Lane, Huyton, L36 7TX (10.30am-4.30pm)
  • Kingsway Pharmacy, 5 Kingsway Parade, Huyton, L36 2QA (10am-4pm)
  • Prescriptions Pharmacy (The Kiosk), Manchester Road, Prescot, L34 1LT (10am-1pm)
  • Boots, Cable Retail Park Steley Way, Prescot, L34 5NQ (10.30am-4.30pm)
Monday 2 January 2017
  • Stockbridge Pharmacy, Unit 8, The Croft, L28 1NR (12-2pm)
Further advice can be found on the Knowsley CCG website www.knowsleyccg.nhs.uk/

It’s Time for Plan B Knowsley

time-for-plan-bIf your aged between 18 and 30, live in Knowsley and are Autistic we want to hear from you! 

The Plan B programme is co-ordinated and delivered by dynamic duo, Drew & Paula Thompson who are members of our Knowsley User Led Organisation (a proactive community group of residents with disabilities as well as carers).

The social, communication and activity programme is inclusively for young adults with autism aged between 18 & 30 years who live in Knowsley.

Quite simply, it’s Drew & Paula’s mission is to encourage and support young autistic adults who live in Knowsley to meet like minded people, make new friends and networks as well as discover new ‘alternative’ places to go.

“I’d noticed that there wasn’t any activities or opportunities to meet young people just like me in Knowsley, so we came up with a Plan B.

Once again, we’ve had another busy year of monthly get together’s, plus we’ve been able to respond to our members demand for more frequent activities and opportunities to come together.

plan-b-halloween-2016Our highlights for this year (2016) have included a water sports session at Crosby Marina led by one of our very own Plan B members, Self defence & confidence building sessions and not forgetting our infamous – yet spooktacular Halloween Party at the Old Coach House, Bowring Park, Huyton  – what a team effort that was”.

Plan B also supports it’s members with wider volunteer, community & training opportunities as well as the delivery of community workshops & events.

Need some Plan B in your life? Contact Paula on 07944 340 474 or email: planb@kulo.org.uk

Disabled Facilities Grants – A Knowsley Guide

disabled-facilities-grants-knowsley-talkAs part of our user led group activity for local people with disabilities, November’s Public Information Session is a very Knowsley low down on Disabled Facilities Grants. 

Our monthly community talk takes place at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living, Huyton L36 6HY on Wednesday 2 November 12.30 – 2pm. All welcome

We will be joined by guest speaker Graham Keeling who is part of the Knowsley Council’s Disabled Facility Grants Team, based at the Centre. His talk will answer a lot of common questions we may have, for example who the grants are  for, what they can be used to improve or adapt, is there an eligibility criteria…..and more.

Our community led information sessions are informal and interactive – designed to enable all audience members to ask lots of questions and obtain answers. But if you don’t feel you are able to ask a question at any of our sessions, please speak to one of our group members and we’d be happy to ask a question on your behalf.

Why are we running Public Information Sessions?

We think it’s vital that local disabled people and carers are clued up about what’s out there to help them and what local support is available – there’s a lot of changes to taking place and opportunities available that local people just aren’t aware of.

“Being prepared and clued up on things is a big deal for us – and as they say knowledge is power. But it’s knowing what to do with the information, how to find your way around things, what sort of choices you have and who to go to to ask for help (if you need it). This is why we are running these” MO’S

Our past topics for our monthly information sessions include ‘A lowdown on PIP’, ‘Direct Payments’, ‘Carer Assessments’, ‘Power of Attorney’. We also offer you the opportunity for any suggestions you may have on a topic or issue you’d like us to cover in the future as part of our monthly information sessions.

If you have something you’d like us to cover or to explore, please do get in touch with us at the Knowsley User Led Organisation call Nancie on 07715 392 158 or email:hello@kulo.org.uk

Planning for Later Life Event

planing-for-later-life_-kulo-websiteAgencies who support older people in Knowsley are holding an event providing a range of information for older people and their families.

‘Planning for Later Life’ will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at The Venue (formerly the Huyton Suite). Local older people and their relatives are invited to drop in at any time between 2pm – 7pm.

The event will be a market place of experts covering a wide range of topics relevant to later life planning. The event will include information about:

Making a Will, Power of Attorney, Arrangements for Pets, Housing Options, Extra Care, Equity Release, Home Adaptations, Benefits Advice, Pensions,  End of Life Care, Funeral Planning and much more!

Pat Blair MBE, Chair of Knowsley Older People’s Voice explained, “Many older people prefer not to think about the inevitable issues that they, or their relatives, will need to do deal with in later life. However, addressing them in good time can be better than leaving things until some crisis occurs, when they find themselves dealing with the emotional and financial burden at an already difficult time.

“We believe that older people and their families can be better prepared for the impacts of life-changing events by having greater awareness of these topics, and access to information that can help them plan and make informed choices.

For more information, please contact: David Aspin on 0151 449 3954

Or email: David.Aspin@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

Measure Up at the NEW Community College

measure-upThere’s a few places up for grabs on a FREE 10 week NHS Weight Management programme, called Measure Up. 

It takes place at the New Knowsley Community College, Stockbridge Lane, Huyton  (formerly Christ the King School) with Knowsley’s Community Health Development Team.

The FREE  weekly evening sessions start on 6 October 5.15 – 6.45pm.

Measure Up can help you lose weight gradually, make healthier lifestyle changes and improve your fitness levels – you’ll also meet new friends too!

It’s FREE and is available to adults of all abilities who live in Knowsley or if you have a Knowsley GP.

Call the Community Health Development Team on 0800 0731202

Shaping the Future – Health & Social Care in Knowsley

shaping-the-future-health-social-care-in-knowsleyDo you want to help local people in Knowsley who may need care and support to live well?  Do you have ideas about how to help local people lead happier, healthier lives for longer? 

A Liverpool based company called So Mo is working on behalf of Knowsley Council, will be running 3, one day public events in Halewood, Kirkby and Huyton.

‘These events are part of a new approach to social care and health. They will look at how we support the growth of more local ideas & initiatives in the neighbourhoods where people grow, live, work and age’.

Locations, dates and times for ‘Shaping the Future’ Public Events are as follows:

Halewood: Tuesday 1 November 9.30am – 4pm at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Lichfield Road L26 1TT

Kirkby: Monday 7 November 9.30 – 4pm at Northwood Community Centre, Gilescroft Avenue L33 9TW

Huyton: Thursday 10 November 9.30 – 4pm at Court Hey Methodist Church, Roby Road L14 3NU

Lunch will also be provided.

Who should attend?
If you have ideas about how Knowsley can do things differently then get along to one of the local events.

  • People who use services or carers, (you not only understand the problem but probably have a sense of what is needed – we want to spend time with you).Local residents, community organisations, schools/colleges
  • Local residents, community organisations, schools/colleges
  • Local service providers; care home owners, mental health services
  • Local entrepreneurs, technologists, business owners, creatives or academics you can bring fresh ideas and approaches to the table.
  • Commissioners & practitioners in health and care services, partner organisations, CVS, Knowsley Healthwatch

We’ve also attached the Shaping the Future invitation to give you more detailed information about the events, CLICK HERE!

There are a number of ways to book your place. Go to EVENTBRITE website or contact either: Helen@so-mo.co 0151 675 5031/ Laura@so-mo.co /0151 675 5032

Bradbury Fields Active Vision Centre

Bradbury-Fields_activities_KULO websiteIf you have a visual impairment or sight loss and would like to meet other people who have sight loss, then you might like to attend the Active Vision Centre.

Based in Youens Way, Liverpool L14 2EP.  The Active Vision Centre has holistic therapies, exercise classes, entertainment and weekly social activities in an suitable environment for anyone with a visual impairment.

Did you know that Bradbury Fields operates a dedicated Visual Impairment Service for anyone who lives in Knowsley?

The friendly team are based in the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living and provide rehabilitation, information and advice to local people who are blind or partially sighted.

For more information about Bradbury Fields Services for visually impaired people in Knowsley contact 0151 244 4094.

A Brand New Knowsley Wheelchair Service Patient Forum

Knowsley Wheelchair Service_KULOThe Knowsley Wheelchair Service would like to hear your views about their service.

The Wheelchair Service Team would like local people in Knowsley to be involved in their brand new Wheelchair User Patient Forum at Knowsley’s Centre for Independent Living, Huyton.

As a wheelchair user, can you spare a few hours to share your views and feedback which will help improve their services directly to Knowsley residents?

Do you have ideas and opinions which can make the service the very best it can be for local people?

For more information about how to get involved get in touch with Maria or Vikki on 0151 244 4100 or E: centreforindependentliving@5bp.nhs.uk

September Public Information Session at the CIL

image1The Knowsley User Led Organisation host monthly public information sessions in the showroom area at the Centre for Independent Living (CIL), Huyton.

The information sessions are open for anyone to attend and are hosted by local disability group, the Knowsley User Led Organisation. Topics and discussions are aimed at people with disabilities as well as carers & family members.

The next topic is ‘Getting the best from your carer’s assessment’. Taking place on Wednesday 7 September 12.30 – 2pm at the Knowsley Centre for Independent Living.Whether you are applying for the first time for a carers assessment or you are due an annual review of your carers assessment, this session is aimed at helping you maximise your entitlements.

Future topics include ‘What is Power of Attorney’ and ‘Personal Health Budgets’.

For more info contact Jim 07712 889 302.

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