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What can help older people with high support needs to improve their quality of life? This research rounds-up JRF’s A Better Life programme of work and presents a vision of what life can, and should, be like for all of us as we get older. The following challenges emerged from…
Putting disabled and older people at the heart of decision-making is central to government policy for adult social care. The wellbeing of the individual is the primary principle of the Care Bill going through Parliament. The Bill puts an emphasis on early intervention, prevention and enablement. People should have easy…
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is publishing new standards to help care homes tackle loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people. With the number of older people in the UK set to rise to 16 million over the next 20 years and more people living longer…
NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of…
The ‘Reshaping Care for Older People: Engaging the Independent Sector’ project, initiated in April 2012, has been the catalyst for a significant shift by the sector in understanding and being involved in the RCOP agenda, and in engagement with the sector by local partnerships. Despite a limited financial resource, the…
Older people and people with a medical condition or disability are being encouraged to join the NI Water and Northern Ireland Electricity care registers. The registers help to identify people who need extra help or support in the event of an interruption in supply. People who join the NI Water…
The Welsh Government has, on Human Rights Day, announced its plans for a public consultation on proposals for a Declaration of the Rights of Older People. The Declaration of the Rights of Older People, a first for Wales if adopted, will clearly highlight and articulate the rights of older people…
A free 24-hour dedicated helpline for older people across the UK has been launched aiming to combat loneliness in the over-65s. The Silver Line provides friendship, information and advice through calls to trained volunteers. To mark the launch, the results of a new survey will be released, exploring the extent…
Three in five Londoners incorrectly believe they won’t have to pay anything towards the costs of their old-age care, according to a recent poll commissioned by London Councils. Government reforms, currently going through Parliament, will introduce a lifetime contribution limit of £72,000 for care users with assets of above £23,250,…
A new report urges a rethink of how the UK organises and promotes immunisation, advocating among a raft of suggestions, a greater role for pharmacies and a more active part to be played by GPs. Called ‘Immune’ Response, the report has been prepared by the leading think tank on longevity…
A specialist maritime care home, in Banstead, Surrey, is looking to reach out to individuals and families living with the challenges of dementia, in support of the national drive to establish dementia-friendly communities. The Royal Alfred Seafarers Society has embraced the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends campaign by offering a ‘safe…
IRISS is pleased to announce that the final reports of the Practitioner Research: Older People (PROP) project have been published. The project is a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) and IRISS, which was about health and social care for older people. The reports have…