Using the LifeCurve to improve care in Worcestershire

The LifeCurve, a a tool developed to map mobility, assessing what daily tasks a person can and cannot do, for example are they able to dress themselves, or cook a hot meal. Published Friday, 21st June 2019

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

So, supporting and encouraging more people to live independently is a priority for the Council.

One of the projects doing just that, is the ADL Smartcare LifeCurve™ pilot by Eclipse HomeCare.

The LifeCurve™ is a tool developed to map mobility, assessing what daily tasks a person can and cannot do, for example are they able to dress themselves, or cook a hot meal.

The less a person can do, the more likely they are to need support and lose independence, and the more at risk they are of losing more of their abilities.

Worcestershire County Council has been working with Eclipse HomeCare on the pilot scheme, using the new tool, and it’s already proving successful.

The pilot study uses the LifeCurve™ to assess a person’s level of independence and to put in measures to help reverse this, enabling them to remain as independent as possible.

Michael was part of the pilot and the intervention has had dramatic results for him. When Eclipse HomeCare first met with Michael, he’d lost a lot of his confidence, and as a result, his mobility was greatly reduced.

After being assessed using the ADL Smartcare LifeCurve™, Michael was considered to be capable of only a few independent activities such as eating and getting dressed, which are low down on the LifeCurve™ scale in relation to the time he had spent on it. He was not able to cook a hot meal or go shopping alone.  This meant his ability to do daily activities independently was rapidly declining.

As a result of the assessment, a care package was put in place by Eclipse HomeCare consisting of five calls a week and a number of daily exercises to help improve Michael’s mobility, mood and confidence.

Within just four weeks, Michael’s mood has improved considerably, he has regained his confidence to walk and when re-assessed, has moved drastically up the LifeCurve™ to point two, ‘Going Shopping’. Michael’s care package dropped from five calls a week to just one and he is feeling more independent than ever, even getting up to do things before his carer arrives.

Dani, the Area Team Leader at Eclipse HomeCare said: “Michael has gained confidence and is not so depressed. It is great to see that his mood has lifted.”