The Older People's Social Work Team

What does it do?

Our aim is to help older people – the over-65s – live in their own homes as independently as possible for as long as possible. We offer support, advice and guidance to older people (and their carers), both at home and in hospital. We assess their individual care needs and, if necessary, arrange care packages.
If remaining at home is no longer possible, we can help with the move to sheltered accommodation, residential care or nursing care.
The service consists of two teams – the Community Social Work Team and the Hospital Social Work Team. The Community Social Work Team operates a patch system, so social workers generally work in specific areas – North, South, East and West. The Hospital Social Work Team has social workers allocated to specific wards in Noble's Hospital and Ramsey Cottage Hospital.

Who it is for?

The service is for older people - The over 65's.

Where it is available?

Local service (Isle of Man).

What it costs:

Your social worker’s time and advice is free, and so is Health Services’ provision. Some of the services you choose to have may have to be paid for. People with limited income or savings may get Home Care without charge, and may get financial assistance towards the cost of residential home fees or nursing home fees (including respite costs) from Income Support.
People who need a lot of help with personal care on a regular basis may be eligible to receive Attendance Allowance (and their carer may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance).

How to access or apply for it:

Anyone can make a referral – the older person him/herself, family, friends, neighbours or other professionals e.g. Health Visitor, G.P. or the Police.

Additional information:

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Manager for EMI services on (01624) 686725.


Info last updated:

Town Hall, Ridgeway Street, Douglas, Isle Of Man, IM99 1AD