Well-being Passport

Well-being Passport – your well-being in your hands

The AmbaCare Well-being Passport (Passport) uses an approach which puts responsibility for health, happiness and independence firmly in the hands of individuals and communities while recognising that many people need help and advice to achieve this.

The Passport empowers individuals to feel more in control of their health and well-being enabling them to make informed decisions which lead directly to improvements in quality of health and life.  The Passport is a unique, evidence based tool which has been developed and amended through our work with a broad range of individuals including older people and those from minority groups.   The Passport identifies risk factors that have the greatest impact on an individual’s health and well-being and recommends person centred interventions which will address their personal risk.  Individuals have an initial assessment of their health and well-being which is used as a baseline to monitor behavioural change.

A programme of advice, support and activity sessions is provided to address the identified risks.  This is implemented by a Well-being Coach supported by volunteers on a weekly basis either 1 to 1 or in group sessions.  The advice takes into account the dietary and cultural needs of the client group, looking at acceptable dietary alternatives to reduce saturated fat and sugar intake and encouraging increased physical activity. The importance of regular exercise in helping to reduce the impact of several diseases, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke will be emphasised.  The benefit of regular exercise in improving independence, reducing the arthritis-related pain, improving sleep, preventing falls and fractures, improving low mood and memory independence will also be highlighted. Exercise sessions, to increase activity rather than just recommending an increase in activity,  are delivered with activities tailored to the needs of the client group specifically older adults with health issues and limited mobility.

Studies show that even a little activity in older adults can improve balance, strength, muscle power and blood pressure. We run weekly sessions of chair exercises and encourage members to go on group walks.  We provide a trained instructor, with many years experience in health promotion and prevention.  We have policies in place for safeguarding vulnerable people and carry out risk assessments to ensure the safety of participants when undertaking exercise programmes.

Following an initial assessment to identify risk factors and development of an action plan to address issues, further assessments are carried out after 5  and 10 weeks to monitor change. We use anonymised data to evaluate and report on behavioural change at 6 and 12 months.  We also ask participants to tell us about their experience of using the Passport.

We work with Community Groups, Faith Groups including Hindu and Sikh Temples, Extra-Care Housing Schemes, GP Practices and Pharmacies to identify individuals who would benefit from using the Passport.

If you think this is something which could work for you as an individual, Community or organisation please contact us for further information.

Living Well at Satkaar Asian Day Centre Leamington Spa

We were awarded a Grant by the National Lottery to implement a project at the Satkaar Asian Day Centre in Leamington Spa.   The Day Centre provides Day Care for Asian women, primarily from the Sikh community.

The Grant is to enable us to provide a programme of assessment, advice and support to improve the health and well-being of the ladies.

We are using our Well-being Passport (Passport) to empower the ladies to feel more in control of their health and well-being enabling them to make informed decisions which lead directly to improvements in quality of health and life.

Individuals have an initial assessment of their health and well-being which is used as a baseline to monitor behavioural change.  A programme of advice, support and activity sessions is provided to address the identified risks.  This Project being implemented by a Well-being Champion supported by volunteers on a weekly basis.  The advice given takes into account the dietary and cultural needs of the client group, looking at acceptable dietary alternatives to reduce saturated fat and sugar intake and encouraging increased physical activity. The activities are tailored to the needs of the client group specifically older adults with health issues and limited mobility.   We run weekly sessions of chair exercises and encourage members to go on group walks in the vicinity of the Day Centre.

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A risk assessment is carried out for each person to ensure their  suitability for exercise.  We also play games to improve cognitive ability and co-ordination but also to add a bit of fun.

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Assessment will be repeated every 8 weeks to monitor change. We will use anonymised date to evaluate and report on behavioural change at 4, 8 and 12 months.  We will also ask participants to tell us about their experience of the Project.

The aim is to enable older people to live well and fulfil their potential by enabling them to address health and well-being issues at an early stage so that they can live their best life with optimum health and well-being.