Later life - older people

Living a full life

Independence in older people is a borough priority. Older people in Tower Hamlets have greater burden of disease and lower wellbeing, compared to regional and national averages.

The Tower Hamlets Connect website has a wide range of information and advice designed to help you to remain independent for as long as possible. This includes information to help you:

Loneliness and isolation

There are many services for older people in Tower Hamlets, including services providing social activities which will reduce loneliness and social isolation.

Services within Tower Hamlets

Older Person’s Clinic

The Older Person’s Clinic is for frail people to enable the early recognition of underlying problems and to identify support needed for living well in later years.

The service provides a physical and mental health assessment and signposts patients to different services for further input if and when needed. Assessments are carried out in the person’s home and at hospital, depending on what assessment is required. Referral is via GP.

Falls assessments, advice and exercise programmes to prevent falls are provided by therapists. Exercise programs can be individually tailored and/or attending in groups such as the Wellbeing Group where not just falls issues are addressed, but also the wellbeing of the person. Referral is via the GP using the TH Single Point of Access or other health and social care professionals.

Care Navigation Service

The Care Navigation Service provides support and coordination for people who have complex health and social care needs.

The service aims to navigate the person through the health and social care system and help to enhance the communication between the  person, their carers and other professionals and services the person comes in contact with.

The person and carers can be signposted to other services both in statutory and voluntary services, such as befriending and housing support. Referrals are accepted from statutory and non-statutory services. Patients can self refer.

Further information

Find more services available for older people on the Community Directory, including: