A poignant film charting an older man’s journey back to independence after hospitalisation has brought together a glittering cast of real life stars from across Lanarkshire.
Every Step of the Way - http://bit.ly/1pLcVVk - is a new and exclusive film documenting the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) programme in the region through the story of David, played by actor Bill Findlay.
RCOP aims to help growing numbers of older people live positive and independent lives in their own homes, homely settings and community. And the seven minute movie features many of the actual people who are working together to make that very aim a reality in Lanarkshire today.
The film’s writer, Euan Duguid, Communication Officer for RCOP in Lanarkshire, explained: “A huge network of health and social care practitioners, volunteers, third sector and independent sector organisations are working together to make Lanarkshire a great place for people to live and grow old in.
“Family members, friends and unpaid carers are also playing a crucial role in providing more support in community settings. The aim of the film is to illustrate, in real-life terms, how all of these individuals and groups are, together, making a real difference to older people’s lives.”
The plot sees David, who’d required treatment after a fall, feeling lonely and isolated after hospital discharge to becoming fully independent and reconnected to his community.
Euan added: “There’s a sub-plot woven in and, without giving too much away, David’s recovery is boosted by a trip down memory lane which comes full circle at the end of the film.
“Crucially, although the character is played by an actor, the script and his experiences are representative of the real life testimony of various older people who have been supported by RCOP partners.”
That realism is heightened by the supporting cast – around 45 people – who turned out simply to play themselves, ranging from the health and social work professionals, volunteers to the older people featured who are benefitting from the many community-based supports in place.
Sandra Mackay, RCOP Programme Manager for North Lanarkshire said: “A key aim of RCOP is to give people and community groups resources and backing to enable them to take a leading role in developing and contributing to the support and services their community needs.
“Every Step of the Way showcases some vibrant examples of the many initiatives and projects set up at local level to prevent isolation whilst also highlighting the expert health and social care supports available in people’s own homes.
“The take-home message of the film is that no one should feel alone and there is help and support available to them.”
Majorie McGinty, RCOP Programme Manager for South Lanarkshire added: “In both North and South Lanarkshire RCOP partnerships we are very proud of the many excellent initiatives and projects that have been set up.
“At their very core is person-centred care and partnership working. This film captures how many people, from different professional backgrounds and groups, are working together to make a real difference to older people’s lives.”
RCOP partners include NHS Lanarkshire, North and South Lanarkshire Councils, the voluntary and the independent sector.
• Watch Every Step of the Way now on NHS Lanarkshire’s YouTube site here http://bit.ly/1pLcVVk
The star acts
Integrated Community Support Team
Members of a community-based care and support team, which operates in East Kilbride and Strathaven, played a key role in the film as David strives to get back on his feet after being discharged from hospital.
The Integrated Community Support Team (ICST) aims to prevent unnecessary hospital or care home admissions, reduce the length of stay in hospital and support those who have been discharged by combining the expertise of health and social care staff from NHS Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Council respectively.
NHS Lanarkshire physiotherapist Melissa Murray and South Lanarkshire Council home care worker Allison Duncan played themselves as they helped David regain his mobility in his own home.
Steel Game FC, an over-65 football team, grabbed national headlines last year when they were formed in Motherwell’s Fir Park.
The cut and thrust of walking football – which is played to the same rules as the normal game but with a running ban – is shown as David gets back on his feet and joins the actual squad for an afternoon’s training.
The team are part of a raft of supports that’s been established under RCOP to help older people remain connected to their community. For more information on training sessions and how to join contact Derek Watson at Motherwell Football Club Community Trust on 01698 239926.
Musical Memories dementia choir
As his journey progresses, David hits the high notes in the film alongside members of Hamilton-based Musical Memories choir.
Many in the actual choir are currently living with the early stages of dementia. Others are close family and friends who have adopted a full-time caring role.
Originally formed as a pilot project by Alzheimer Scotland in 2011, the choir became independent and constituted last year through vital work, led by Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan), as part of the nationwide RCOP programme.
If you would either like to book or join Musical Memories contact Anna Neill on 07751602648 or 01555 660329 or email@example.com
Glenboig Neighbourhood House art group
RCOP is also geared to giving people and community groups the resources to strengthen their communities. In each of North Lanarkshire’s six localities, a local level ‘consortium’ has been established to guide and co-ordinate local planning. The consortia have been instrumental in setting up a raft of projects and schemes in the area, ranging from tutorials on modern technology, lunch clubs to community transport. Claire Delahay, representing the Coatbridge RCOP consortium, has played a leading role in organising an older people’s art group in Glenboig Neighbourhood House - where the final scene is played out.
Ross and Leah Duguid
11-year-old Ross and five-year-old Leah Duguid, pupils from Ladywell Primary School in Motherwell, play the roles of David and his sister, Muriel, when they were children.
Find out how childhood memories - and a fateful photograph - helps steel David in his battle back to full health by watching the film today