Insights: A week of Frailty Checkups

Progress with our Frailty Project with our South Manchester groups

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Our Frailty Project in South Manchester is gathering pace, and last week I spent time with both My Community UK and the team at UHSM Day Hospital.

On Tuesday, My Community UK (MC-UK) welcomed me to their weekly drop in session for women over 50 from the local Pakistani community.  The team used tablets to deliver the Frailty Checkups and provide advice regarding wellbeing and accessing other help locally.  While they carried out the checks I spoke with the group to explore options of extending the project into their community, and how to access the hard to reach members.  The ladies were all delighted with the MC-UK group and found it a real lifeline, the group sessions include exercises and healthy eating advice.  The ladies advised us that educating the younger members of the community would be a good idea as they would help access those older people who do not leave the house very often.  We are going to work with MC-UK to activate this idea.

On Thursday I once again visited the day hospital at Buccleuch Lodge.  The physiotherapy assistant carried out her first Frailty Checkup and found it easy to carry out and the results easy to share.

It is really exciting to see the Frailty Checkup carried out by individuals after just a 5 minute introduction and access to the website.  The people undergoing the check reported that it was a helpful conversation, and they welcomed the opportunity to discuss their wellbeing.