AgeWell is a peer to peer befriending service in partnership with the HSE where the AgeWell companion will conduct home visits to older people to provide social engagement, and if required, act as a link to the healthcare system and local community services to promote health and build stronger connections between older adults and the services available to them in their community.
AgeWell is dedicated to supporting people as they age, improving well-being and health and creating nurturing communities for older adults. AgeWell employs older adults – peer companions called AgeWells – to conduct home visits to older people primarily living alone. These peer companions provide social engagement to improve well-being. In addition, if required they may act as a link to the health care system and community services to promote health and build stronger connections between older adults and what services are available to them in their community.
Referrals to AgeWell are dealt with by the AgeWell team who will assess the client for suitability for the programme. People wanting to avail of the service must be over the age of 60. Referrals can be made through Community Services, Primary Care Teams, Gardaí, family, friends or self-referral.
AgeWell Global has run several successful pilots, with its initial one in South Africa and subsequent pilots in the United State, leading onto a very successful pilot in Limerick, Ireland. The outcomes of the first pilot in South Africa was recognised as best practice and featured as a case study in the World Health Organisation’s Worlds Report on Ageing and Health published in 2015.
The Meath pilot is amongst the first AgeWell programmes to be rolled out in Europe and is in partnership with Third Age and is supported by the HSE. Together we are certain to make a difference in the lives of our ageing population in Meath.