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Government's pre-consultation: the case for change: why England needs a new care and support system

Authors:
HARROP Andrew, THOMPSON Pauline, LOWE Stephen
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
31p.
Place of publication:
London

Key points and recommendations are followed by an introduction, a description of the state of the debate at the end of 2008, and detailed discussion of three questions: What more do we need to do to make our vision of independence, choice and control a reality?; What should the balance of responsibility be between the family, the individual and the government; and Should the system be the same for everybody or should we consider varying the ways we allocate government funding according to certain principles?

Book

Find the right care home: a step-by-step companion

Authors:
HURTLEY Rosemary, JONES Julia Burton
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
192p.
Place of publication:
London

This book guides the reader step-by-step through the process of finding the right care home for a loved one.

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Q is for quality: the voices of older people on the need for better quality care and support

Author:
AGE CONCERN ENGLAND
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
37p., CD ROM
Place of publication:
London

In 2008‚ Age Concern held 47 listening events with 700 older people in England to gather their views on the social care and support system and what they felt needed to be changed. Q is for Quality documents those discussions‚ as well as the views put forward in 8‚000 postcards returned to Age Concern England.

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'Doing the right thing': the information and support needs of receivers and attorneys: report to the Public Guardianship Office

Authors:
RAY Sujata, THOMPSON Pauline, SHARP Ellen
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
London

Age Concern carried out some qualitative research on behalf of the Public Guardianship Office, looking at the information needs of Receivers and Attorneys. It focussed on the information available to Receivers/Attorneys at the time, and identified areas of improvement. This is a summary of the research report.

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Primary concerns: older people's access to primary care

Author:
AGE CONCERN ENGLAND
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
19p.
Place of publication:
London

The report ‘Primary Concerns’ highlights the fact that older people use GP practice services more than younger adults; however nearly one in five 65-74 year olds are still experiencing difficulties in getting an appointment to see their GP or practice nurse. Research from the charity also shows that almost half of older people are not registered with an NHS dentist, despite a pledge from the Government almost ten years ago promising that everyone would have easy access to an NHS dentist within two years. With a shortage in NHS dentists, pensioners on low fixed incomes are often forced to either pay privately for dental treatment or just go without.  Good oral health is essential to the overall health and well-being of older people and enables people to eat comfortably, enjoy a healthy diet, and speak and socialise without embarrassment.

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Information and advice needs of black and minority ethnic older people in England

Authors:
ZAHNO Kamila, RHULE Clare
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
45p.
Place of publication:
London

Age Concern has commissioned a report on the information and advice needs of older people from black and minority ethnic communities. The report details the issues that older people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are concerned about and how to provide advice and information to these groups.

Book Full text available online for free

Quality not inequality: Age Concern’s vision for the future of quality social care

Author:
AGE CONCERN
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
27p.
Place of publication:
London

This document launches Age Concern’s new campaign, The Big Q: quality in care. The campaign is calling for older people to be provided with high quality care that meets their individual needs.

Book

The age agenda 2008: public policy and older people

Author:
AGE CONCERN ENGLAND
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
128p.
Place of publication:
London

The fifth edition of this annual policy report provides an overview of public policy and older people.  It outlines significant policy developments and trends during 2007 and looks ahead to likely developments in 2008.

Book

Working with older men: a review of Age Concern services

Author:
RUXTON Sandy
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
52p.
Place of publication:
London

This review by Age Concern England was to understand the barriers that prevent older men from using older people's services, and to examine the experience of Age Concern that successfully involves socially isolated older men. Focus-group discussions with older men were carried out and Age Concern's staff were interviewed. The review found that: Age Concern was seen as for those in need of support

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Keeping pets in private retirement and sheltered housing: a good practice guide

Author:
AGE CONCERN ENGLAND. Advice, Information and Mediation Service
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
30p.
Place of publication:
London

Pets provide companionship, friendship and fun, which can help owners overcome feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression. They can give an older person a reason to get up in the morning, and give them a sense of purpose, something to think about and care for, which can be very fulfilling. Pets can provide opportunities to meet and talk to other people. This may be when walking a dog, visiting the vet, having visitors to the accommodation, or joining a specific pet-related club or association that can bring pet owners together. Well-behaved pets can improve both residents’ and staff morale, and foster a community spirit.

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