mPower Project Supports older people to remain in their own homes and communities

14/03/2019

mPower Project Supports older people to remain in their own homes and communitiesOver 80 people attended an engagement event involving the Western Trust, mPower partners, CAWT along with representatives from the community and voluntary sector at the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen, to get involved in a new cross border EU INTERREG VA funded project called mPower.

The mPower project aims to support older people with long-term conditions or chronic illnesses to live well, safely and independently in their own homes. The project will operate in specific pilot areas in border counties of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

In the Western Health and Social Care Trust area the project is operational in the Fermanagh Locality initially, with scope to roll out to other areas as the project progresses.

The EU INTERREG VA funding for the mPower project in Northern Ireland and Ireland was secured by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border health and social care partnership.

The engagement event was organised by the Western Trust mPower project team. It was attended by community and voluntary organisations and a wide range of health and social care professionals including GPs, primary care teams, managers, senior clinicians working with people with a long-term conditions, hospital and community representatives.

Attendees learned how the mPower project will support people to manage their health and access local support and community networks. Guest speakers shared their experiences of how local projects can empower older people to live more independent lives in rural areas and how Technology Enabled Care practices can support older people to remain in their own homes for longer.  Networking before and after the event provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to share the good practice and the challenges to health and social prescribing initiatives currently underway.

The project is targeting those over 65 years of age, living with long-term conditions in the South East Fermanagh area of the Western Trust. The two key aspects of the mPower project include reconnecting older people into community activities according to their interests and helping them manage chronic conditions such as


diabetes and COPD using eHealth technologies such as, video calling, digital applications or remote monitoring tools.

Mr Vincent Ryan, Western Trust Assistant Director of Primary Care and Older Peoples’ Services said: “I am delighted that the Western Trust will benefit from this innovative project and I look forward to seeing the new services implemented through a partnership approach for the benefit of older people in our communities”.

He continued: “mPower is an exciting new initiative for our area that will improve the health and social wellbeing of older people by connecting them to the range of supports in their local communities. We very much welcome the investment secured by the CAWT Partnership from the EU INTERREG VA funding programme and plan to take this opportunity to test and implement new technologies to support older people in their own homes.”


Elaine Aughey mPower Implementation Lead said, “We’re looking forward to implementing mPower in partnership with local GPs, the community and voluntary sector and a wide range of other partners. The opportunities presented by this EU investment puts the older person at the centre of delivery and decision making which is very important for sustaining long term benefits to wellbeing and maintaining independence”.


Please see mPower web site for further details:  https://mpowerhealth.eu

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