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Starting out guide and keeping it up: a guide for activity providers

Authors:
KNOCKER Sally, GASPAR Sylvia
Publisher:
National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
London

Some activity providers say that they can feel quite isolated in their role, and that care staff colleagues aren’t always initially understanding or supportive of what they are doing. This guide suggests ways in which activity providers can ensure that the ingredients for successful activities and positive relationships are in place. It emphasises the importance of spending time getting to know residents and the things that might interest them. Activities should be defined in a broad way; it is important to consider how to support opportunities for older people to be in contact with others and to participate in life throughout the day in a range of ways. The guide also considers the need for: communicating well with colleagues; thinking beyond a fixed programme of activities; considering opportunities to get out and about; developing community links; and developing activity resources such as a good music collection and reminiscence pictures. A list of important ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ and suggestions for other useful resources are provided

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Opening doors evaluation: the story so far: executive summary

Authors:
PHILLIPS Mike, KNOCKER Sally
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
8p.
Place of publication:
London

The evaluation report explores the impact of a three year Big Lottery funded project Opening Doors in Central London, working with older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people 2008-2010. The evaluation was conducted over a six month period July-December 2009; at a half-way point in the project’s activities to enable recommendations to inform the third year of the project. Large numbers of older LGBT people have experienced high levels of isolation, discrimination and mental health issues related to their sexuality and the service was established because there are no other older LGBT services in the five boroughs and many care services do not even acknowledge the existence of service users who are not heterosexual. Key findings from the evaluation revealed that 70% of those surveyed said they didn’t feel safe in their community. Also, 75% of those surveyed reported fear of moving into sheltered housing or a care home for fear of discrimination and many chose not to be open about their sexuality with anyone other than close friends. The evaluation recommended that Opening Doors be extended across London, and should consider running more events.

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Opening doors evaluation: the story so far

Authors:
PHILLIPS Mike, KNOCKER Sally
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
117p.
Place of publication:
London

The evaluation report explores the impact of a three year Big Lottery funded project Opening Doors in Central London, working with older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people 2008-2010. The evaluation was conducted over a six month period July-December 2009; at a half-way point in the project’s activities to enable recommendations to inform the third year of the project. Large numbers of older LGBT people have experienced high levels of isolation, discrimination and mental health issues related to their sexuality and the service was established because there are no other older LGBT services in the five boroughs and many care services do not even acknowledge the existence of service users who are not heterosexual. Key findings from the evaluation revealed that 70% of those surveyed said they didn’t feel safe in their community. Also, 75% of those surveyed reported fear of moving into sheltered housing or a care home for fear of discrimination and many chose not to be open about their sexuality with anyone other than close friends. The evaluation recommended that Opening Doors be extended across London, and should consider running more events.

Book

Care homes in the heart of the community: final report of the NAPA Growing with Age project

Authors:
KNOCKER Sally, AVILA Barbara
Publisher:
National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
London

All older people, care homes, sheltered schemes, care agencies and those in domiciliary care should have access to a local directory of activities. Care homes should encourage older people to maintain contact with the local community by facilitating residents to attend outside activities and inviting outsiders to participate in scheme/home activities.

Book

Getting out and about: a practice guide for care settings

Author:
KNOCKER Sally
Publisher:
National Association of Providers of Activities
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
11p.
Place of publication:
London

Ideas on where to go and how to plan and prepare well various leisure activities for older people.

Book

Creating links between care settings and local faith communities: a practice guide

Authors:
JOHNSON Alison, KNOCKER Sally
Publisher:
National Association of Providers of Activities for Older People
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
11p.
Place of publication:
London

Outlines areas to consider for developing positive relationships between care settings and faith community leaders.

Journal article

Play and metaphor in dementia care and dramatherapy

Author:
KNOCKER Sally
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 10(2), March 2002, pp.33-37.
Publisher:
Hawker

Looks at the role of art therapies and dramatherapy in responding to the deeper psychological needs of people with dementia. Focuses on the languages of play and metaphor, which are already part of the vocabulary of people with dementia.

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Perspectives on ageing: lesbians, gay men and bisexuals

Author:
KNOCKER Sally
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
16p.
Place of publication:
York

This Perspectives paper explored the views of a wide range of older lesbian, gay and bisexual people, their experiences of getting older and expectations of support services. It gathered views from a range of people that will hopefully enhance the understanding and empathy for this often neglected group. Participants were eight people based in London: three gay men, one bisexual man and four lesbian women. They ranged in age from 64 to 81. Two were wheelchair users and currently use care services, and three live in sheltered housing. Contributors talked about: the sense of community with other gay and lesbian people – It was highly valued and some still described this connection as being among 'family'; the huge impact prejudice and the HIV and the AIDS epidemic has had – gay men in particular experience stigma related to ignorance and fear; and the fact that it can be difficult for gay or bisexual people who have been married or had children to feel relaxed and open in gay groups.

Book

Everybody's job!: a guide for the whole staff team

Author:
KNOCKER Sally
Publisher:
NAPA
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
19p.
Place of publication:
London

This publication is one of a series of guides called the Activity Toolkit which are aimed at increasing understanding of the activity needs for older people and equipping staff with the skills to enable older people to enjoy a range of activity whilst living in care settings. This guide is aimed at all members of staff working in care settings including nurses, administrators, maintenance workers, domestic workers, and catering staff. It explains what is meant by ‘activity’ and why it is so important. It describes the importance of day to day conversation and provides examples of how activities with older people can be integrated into people’s normal job routines. The guide aims to show simple ways in which every member of the staff team has a part to play in offering companionship, variety, and stimulation to the lives of older people in care settings.

Book

A guide to develop links with the community

Author:
KNOCKER Sally
Publisher:
NAPA
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
19p.
Place of publication:
London

This publication is one of a series of guides called the Activity Toolkit which are aimed at increasing understanding of the activity needs for older people and equipping staff with the skills to enable older people to enjoy a range of activity whilst living in care settings. This guide promotes the benefits of increased community links. It explores some of the barriers to making and maintaining community links and helps with suggestions for overcoming these. It argues that the role of Activity Providers should include co-ordination of a range of activities and providers. This will take an initial investment of time researching individual resident interests, finding out more about the local area, and making phone calls and visits to establish contacts. This guide includes a list of ideas for places to go out to and a list of individuals or organisations which might be invited to come into a care setting. It also offers guidance on how to find out about the local area and initiate new relationships.

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