Preventative health services

The older you get, the more important it becomes to stay healthy. We want to create an environment where people can flourish.

Good health is essential to remaining active and independent. It enables us to enjoy time with family and friends, be part of our communities and rely less on care services later in life.

There are ways we can all take responsibility for our health and wellbeing and that of our families.

Simple changes can make a big difference. For example:

  • Taking regular exercise;
  • Drinking less;
  • Stopping smoking; and
  • Taking an active interest in the place in which we live.

Working with individuals and communities, we will provide information, signposting, opportunities and support to help people remain healthy and independent for longer. See our staying healthy pages for information to help keep you healthy, active and independent.

We already provide low-level prevention services, including information and advice, equipment to help people live independently and telecare. We also direct people to other services. You can find groups and activities to help you stay fit and healthy in the community directory.

Results from prevention strategy focus groups

Nine focus groups made up of people who use our services, carers, providers of services for older people, people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems were held across North Yorkshire between October and December 2013.

Discussions primarily addressed the question "What do people need to maintain independence, promote their wellbeing and prevent them from needing higher levels of support?"

The following key factors were identified across all groups:

  • Information, advice and assessment
  • Early support
  • Support in the home
  • Support to feel safe
  • Social support and reducing isolation
  • Support for carers
  • Transport/mobility
  • Support for health
  • Suitable accommodation
  • Issues raised by voluntary sector service providers

See the  prevention strategy focus groups report (pdf / 667 KB) for the full results.