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Are older people in care homes missing out on quality time with staff because workers are preoccupied with paperwork? Care homes have to regularly complete more than 100 separate items of paperwork, often duplicating the same information, this study found. Researchers visited care homes and spoke to staff who felt…
DrugScope has launched a report on behalf of the Recovery Partnership, It’s about time: tackling substance misuse in older people revealing the extent to which problems among older people remain hidden. Drawing on the results of recent studies and government figures, together with DrugScope’s own consultations with academics and health…
Reduced spending by Local Authorities on vital community, services and infrastructure could have a devastating impact on the lives of older people, according to a new report by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. The report, ‘The Importance and Impact of Community Services within Wales’, brings together a wide range…
IRISS are hosting a workshop at the Social Services Expo on 18 March 2014, and are looking for older people and carers to help shape their sessions as a voice of experience. Fit for the Future is a joint IRISS and Scottish Care project working to support the independent sector…
Older people are being let down by the Scottish Government's healthcare priorities, according to the Liberal Democrats. The party pointed to official figures showing the number of geriatric beds is declining while emergency admissions continue to increase. Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume said: "Older people are being let down by…
Queen’s University Belfast has launched Northern Ireland’s largest ever public health research project into ageing. The Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA ) is hoping to provide the basis for future Government policy by following the lives of 8,500 over 50s as they grow older. Officially…
A major Scottish Government programme aimed at improving care for Scotland's elderly population has made slow progress so far, a report has found. Audit Scotland has reviewed progress three years into the Government's 10-year project to reshape health and social services for people aged 65 and over. It found there…
Care company, UnLtd, has announced a pilot programme targeting social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to some of the UK’s tough social care challenges. Under the new ‘UnLtd Care’ initiative, UnLtd is offering cash awards of up to £20,000 to 10 individuals from across the country who have great ideas for…
Industrialised countries face the common challenge of caring for a growing number of older people. In 2010, 15 per cent of the population of countries belonging to theOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were aged 65 or over, and by 2030 this is expected to reach 22 per cent…
The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Claire Keatinge, was in attendance at the Pensions Centre in Derry~Londonderry to commend the Make the Call team on the success of their recent Benefit Uptake Programme. The 2012-13 Benefit Uptake Programme campaign saw almost 5000 older people benefit from an extra…
Plan P: New approaches to prevention with older people, is an IRISS project which addresses the issue of social isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Each quarter the advisory group records a group discussion about a related aspect of prevention. This is the first discussion - 'What does prevention mean…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) have published details of a new project focused on preventative care of older people. 'Plan P: new approaches to prevention with older people', will review existing evidence around preventative approaches with older adults and open debate around key issues such…