Using the LifeCurve™ to improve independence in Worcestershire

Gillian's LifeCurve Published Monday, 15th July 2019

Worcestershire County Council is committed to working with partners across the county to help support vulnerable residents to live healthier and more independent lives.

More than 40 per cent of Worcestershire County Council’s annual budget goes to helping the country’s vulnerable adults. 

£140 million is being invested in 2019/2020 to meet the county’s ever-rising demand for adult social care.

Worcestershire County Council is committed to working with partners across the county to help support vulnerable residents to live healthier and more independent lives. This collaborative working helps people make responsible choices when planning for the future.

An example of this is the work the Council does with care provider, Eclipse HomeCare. Gillian is 83 and has Parkinson’s disease. 

Gillian lives alone and had lost much of her independence. She sought help to regain some of that independence and be able to stay in her own home. 

Using the LifeCurve™, from ADL Smartcare, Eclipse HomeCare assessed Gillian and established her position on the scale. 

The LifeCurve™ is a tool developed to map mobility and age related functional decline.  One of the first signals of losing your independence is losing the ability to cut your toenails. 

When first assessed, Gillian was place on the ‘Light housework’ level – which signified that she was moving down the LifeCurve™ at a suboptimum level. 

Because of this assessment, a program of exercises for Gillian was put in place, with caregivers encouraged to assist her in performing these daily exercises. 

Eclipse HomeCare arranged two daily calls to Gillian’s home to assist her with personal care, meal preparation and medication. 

Since these elements were put in place in February 2018, Gillian has moved up the LifeCurve and is now placed three points higher at ‘Cook a hot meal’.

Gillian said: “I didn’t realise that losing the ability to cut my toenails was the start of me losing my mobility and independence but as soon as I started to receive care and do my exercises, I started to gain a lot of that independence back. 

“It has been great being able to look after myself more and be able to stay in my own home. I’m now more confident to do things, and I have developed more strength to take care of myself. I go out in the community for weekly exercises and enjoy being able to live as independently as I possibly can.”

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Worcestershire County Council said: “Gillian’s story is a great example of how the LifeCurve™ can help us and partners develop care packages and solutions for adults to regain their independence. It is also a perfect example of how placing on the LifeCurve™ does not mean it’s too late to make adjustments to move back up.

“It is one of Worcestershire County Council’s priorities to ensure adults have long, enjoyable, healthy and extended lives. This summer, we are hosting a number of tailored ‘Making a Decision’ events, aimed to kick-start conversations with residents on planning for the future.”

Our making a decision events will take place across the county until autumm. There is more information on Eclipse HomeCare's studies on the website.. want to see more from Eclipse HomeCare’s study, visit: