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How you can get involved with All Together Better

Use the buttons below to navigate through the different ways you can get involved – whether you have some spare time to donate to become a Champion, whether you can help with our research, or whether you could benefit from training sessions.

Your experiences…

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In October I had a stroke, before I was allowed out of hospital, my home was inspected and a hand rail was fitted. I always receive excellent treatment and can’t fault the service.

It will really relieve the pressure on my daughter who cares for me.

The Community Matron comes to see me once per month, I also attend the Renal Clinic, where my doctor made arrangements for me. I have a Care Plan and a folder with all of the telephone numbers of the people that I may need.

Good that you tell your story once, if you’re not well you could exhaust yourself telling it over and over again.

The telecare service is good, I regularly use the service as my husband falls often.

I had a hip replacement in February, the Age UK lady came out and asked what I needed. I have had a walk in shower put in and it’s absolutely marvellous. Before I came out of hospital they made sure I had everything I needed for example, a tray on wheels to put my meals on so I wouldn’t get burnt or drop it moving it to the table. I’ve got things to put my socks on, they are great. I’ve got everything I need to help me.

Can’t beat the scheme, calls made to my home morning and night.

I rang the doctors as I was feeling dizzy and they said the doctor would ring me back. It was a female who rang, she said she was from Recovery at Home. A nurse and a student, two very nice girls, came to see me and stayed ¾ of an hour, they took my temperature/blood pressure and rang the doctor with the results. The doctor said it was one of my tablets making me dizzy, he cancelled them at the pharmacy for me. I was very pleased with what they did in my home for me.

Heartened to hear that different departments are working together

Especially good if you are living on your own.

It’s good that the health service and social services are working together instead of how it was before All Together Better.

I was in hospital in June for 7 weeks. People came into my own home to support me for six weeks after I left, for example, physio, warfarin checks. Someone came in last thing at night to ensure I was safe and in bed.  On two occasions I needed to telephone the doctor, I was surprised but pleased that each time he came out within the hour.  Anyone who came to see me always asked if I would like a cup of tea before they left, which I thought was very nice of them. The whole experience was very good.

Anything to keep you in your own home is great.  I have a stair lift and a walk in shower with a seat and they help me a lot.  But anything Like All Together Better that offers additional support is great.

Good to have the service, I fell in the house and fractured my pelvis.  I managed to crawl to the phone but panicked as I did not know who to ring.

Good idea, good for people living on their own.  Sometimes people need more caring, support than the family or a friend can supply.

Further information

Age UK Sunderland has published an in-depth and interesting report showing the scale of engagement carried out during the first year of All Together Better Sunderland.

Local people from across the city, including those who might directly benefit from All Together Better programme, carers and the general public, have been provided with a range of information explain the plans and developments of the programme.  Delivered by the Age UK Sunderland Patient, Public and Engagement team, presentations, meetings, events and on-street engagement has helped us share what exactly All Together Better plans to offer to local people as well as get useful feedback from patients, the public and carers about how their expectations and needs from the kind of services we are developing.

Read the full report here – PPCE Evaluation Report final April 2016.  And the PPCE FINAL Executive Summary Final April 2016

There is also a selection of leaflets and other materials you can view online or download if you’re interested on the artwork and literature page.