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Losing time: developing mental health services for older people in Wales

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
London

The quality of mental health services for older people in Wales varies greatly depending on where they live, and there are severe shortages of specialist care when they can no longer be supported at home. Carers are generally well supported but their needs should be assessed more consistently and staff in residential homes need better training. Report highlights over 30 examples of good practice, but says that this needs to be shared more widely. Calls for more partnership working between health and social care and the introduction of defined minimum standards.

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The way to go home: rehabilitation and remedial services for older people

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
110p.
Place of publication:
London

Older people are major users of health and social services. Many require more time than younger patients to make a full recovery. But rehabilitation services to help them in their recovery are often patchy and disjointed. An integrated range of services is needed, linked by good care pathways and good organisation across professional and organisational boundaries. It is argued that a more strategic approach is needed, to promote a shared understanding of what is required, and a whole-systems approach that looks at rehabilitation in the round and makes full use of new financial flexibilities.

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Don't stop me now: preparing for an ageing population

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
74p.
Place of publication:
London

On 17 July 2008, the Audit Commission published a report (Don't stop me now: preparing for an ageing population) which looks at the challenges and opportunities facing England as its population gets older. The report emphasises that councils have a local area leadership role to ensure that older people can live independently and actively, with a good quality of life, for as long as possible. It suggests that most councils should do more to create an environment in which people thrive as they age. The report claims that only a third of councils are well prepared for an ageing population, though a further third are making progress. It stresses that they need to engage with older people in commissioning, designing and delivering mainstream and targeted services to tackle social isolation and support independent living.

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Older people: independence and well-being: the challenge for public services

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
34p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This report summarises a series of five reports that explore the nature of change required from public services in relation to the independence and wellbeing of older people. This covers both the majority who have no need of care services (but who have a wide range of other concerns), and the minority of frail older people who may need support and care.

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Fully equipped: equipment for older or disabled people

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
102p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Abingdon

More than four million disabled people use equipment services, which can be gateways to independence and improved quality of life for both users and carers. This report looks at how the service is operating within the NHS. It introduces the service and goes on to focus on these specific areas: orthotic services; prosthetic services; wheelchair and seating services; community equipment services; and audiology services. Concludes with recommendations for the future.

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Social care for older people: using data from the VFM profiles

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
17
Place of publication:
London

The government is legislating to close the Audit Commission by the end of March 2015. Until then, the Commission will continue to make available its Value for Money (VFM) Profiles, which bring together data about the cost, performance and activity of local councils and fire authorities. This report presents facts, figures and graphs showing national trends and local variations in spending on social care for older people, on which the total spend in England in 2011/12 was £9.07 billion, supporting 1.05 million people. However, this amounts to an 8.5% reduction in overall spending and a 13% decrease per person aged 55+ since 2009/10, The report looks at how councils are continuing to find ways of reducing costs and improving efficiency in response to budget reductions, and notes changes to their legal responsibilities proposed in the Care Bill 2013/14. It also offers guidance on the use of VFM profiles and suggests some related information sources provided by other organisations. (Original abstract)

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Under pressure: tackling the financial challenge for councils of an ageing population

Author:
AUDIT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Audit Commission
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
64p.
Place of publication:
London

Local councils face considerable challenges in responding to an ageing population during a time of tightened public resources. They need a good grasp of changing local demographics and what these mean for older people and for local services. They must work in partnership with other organisations to redesign services and target them more effectively to make public money go as far as possible. This report provides study tools and guidance which will support councils in developing better use of local data. Better information will enable councils to improve financial planning for both the medium and the longterm. Joint strategic needs assessments must support stronger awareness of the impacts of changing demographics, and should provide opportunities for joint responses that make best use of available funds

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Joint inspection of older people's services in Dorset: October 2005

Authors:
COMMISSION FOR HEALTHCARE AUDIT AND INSPECTIONl, AUDIT COMMISSION, COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION
Publisher:
Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
39p.
Place of publication:
London
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Joint inspection of services for older people in Greenwich: October 2005

Authors:
COMMISSION FOR HEALTHCARE AUDIT AND INSPECTION, AUDIT COMMISSION, COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION
Publisher:
Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
51p.
Place of publication:
London
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Joint inspection of older people's services in Redcar and Cleveland: August 2005

Authors:
COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION, AUDIT COMMISSION, HEALTHCARE COMMISSION
Publisher:
Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
39p.
Place of publication:
London

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