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Pembrokeshire housing's sheltered housing co-design service review: case study 137

Authors:
EDWARDS Keith, BLANLUET Noreen
Publisher:
Housing Learning and Improvement Network
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
8
Place of publication:
London

A case study of a review of services in five sheltered schemes and three linked semi-sheltered schemes for older people, carried out by Pembrokeshire Housing. Based on co-production principles, the review included full engagement with residents and used their unique expertise as a prerequisite for designing a service that would meet the needs of older people now and in the future. The case study looks at the stages of the co-production process and outlines key learning points. Learning points included being open and honest with residents, which helped develop trust and ensuring co-production is a genuine process. The co-production process also led to the identification of untapped resources among staff and residents. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Financial abuse and scams: guidance for councillors, directors, managers and social work practitioners

Author:
ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF ADULT SOCIAL SERVICES
Publisher:
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
14
Place of publication:
London

This guide gives some key information on the effects of scams on the continued health and wellbeing of individuals and it is aimed at those working in the adult social care sector. Each year scams cause approximately between £5 and £10 billion worth of detriment to UK consumers. Victims of scams, specifically the elderly and consumers made vulnerable by their circumstances, experience deteriorating health, independence and loss of self-confidence. These give rise to additional financial costs on the health and social care sector which could be prevented through earlier intervention and protection. The inevitable consequences of being a victim are also far more costly in terms of deteriorating health than with pure financial loss. An ageing population, reduced cognitive function in older people and social isolation further exacerbate the risk and impact of financial abuse and scams. The document provides essential advice and tips, designed to help consider responses to the risks of financial abuse associated with scams. They are not exhaustive but suggest areas of specific focus, and comprise: top tips for Councillors; top tips for Safeguarding Adults Boards; top tips for Health & Wellbeing Boards; and top tips for Social Care Practitioners. Three illustrative case studies are included. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Focus on...Health and social benefits of co-located primary care services and extra care housing

Author:
COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS
Publisher:
Community Health Partnerships
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
2
Place of publication:
London

A short paper outlining the health and social benefits of co-located primary care services and extra care housing. The paper explains how, six years since they opened, Milehouse Primary Care Centre and Mill Rise Extra Care Village, purpose built on the same site, provide an innovative example of the benefits of integrated health care facilities with extra care accommodation for older people. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Introducing hope and doodle

Author:
PLANK Annie
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 22(5), 2014, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Hawker

Hope and Doodle are a self-advocacy group for people with dementia in South London. The group was developed to give people with dementia the chance to meet others in a similar situation and to access information that is important to them. The article reports on the process of setting up the group, the content of their meetings, and how the group is able to provide support to its members. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Life story work: sharing skills

Authors:
AYAZ Farhat, GRANT Maxine
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 21(2), 2013, pp.13-14.
Publisher:
Hawker

A six-week life story project conducted on a mental health assessment ward for older people with dementia is described. Three speech and language therapy students were paired up with with three healthcare support workers to work jointly alongside three patients and families on the ward to develop a life story record. The project brought together the skills of healthcare support workers and students. At the end of the project family members, clients and all involved were invited to an event where the final life story material was presented. (Original abstract)

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Occupational therapy: supporting people living in care homes

Author:
COLLEGE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
Publisher:
College of Occupational Therapists
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
5
Place of publication:
London

An outline of how occupational therapists can help care home residents to develop a routine that improves quality of life, provide advice, ideas and equipment to support people to carry out activities that they enjoy or want to do, and offer solutions to difficulties with communication, memory or the environment. (Original abstract)

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Findings from housing with care research: practice examples

Authors:
BLOOD Imogen, PANELL Jenny, COPEMAN Ian
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
28p.
Place of publication:
York

This report draws together practical examples of ways of working from two reports: “Boundaries of roles and responsibilities in housing with care” and “Affordability, choices and quality of life in housing with care”. It highlights ways of working in different housing with care schemes, drawing on the two studies and considering their implications in very practical terms. The practice guide is aimed at people managing frontline housing with care schemes, commissioners and senior managers in housing organisations, social services and health, and frontline staff, older people and their relatives. The practice guide: identifies five key topics in housing with care which could benefit from improvement; summarises what older people and their relatives say they value in housing with care; and presents practical examples.

Journal article

Together in song

Authors:
CRAMPTON Jane, TAYLOR Fiona, GRADY Maggie
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 20(6), November 2012, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Hawker

Mindsong is a social inclusion project set up in 2006 by Three Choirs Plus, the community and outreach arm of Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. The project offers music therapy to people with dementia who are either living in residential care or attending a day centre in the county. This article describes a singing event organised by Mindsong which brought together over 100 people from care home communities. ‘Together in Song’ took place in the Chapter House of Gloucester Cathedral in April 2012 with 52 residents and 49 carers and relatives and 10 Mindsong volunteers. The event was led by the music therapists and aimed to be a coming together in song rather than a performance. The pace was matched to the feel of the group, with flexibility for people to sing solos or to cut out entire songs in order to match the mood of the room. The result was an afternoon with an immense amount of community feeling and sense of togetherness. The plan is to run this event bi-annually.

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Volunteer befrienders: can it work?

Author:
CRESSEY Melanie
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 20(5), September 2012, pp.15-16.
Publisher:
Hawker

Age UK Camden’s Dementia Befriending Service links volunteers with older people with dementia or memory loss, living at home or in a care home, as a way of offering regular social support. The service began in 2009 and currently supports 45 clients and has 30 volunteers. The volunteers visit clients for 2-3 hours a week. They act as a link between the client and the rest of the community, taking an interest in them, their history and interests, whilst being sensitive to the impact of dementia on their lives. The role also requires volunteers to link the person to other services should they require further support. This article explains some of the practical aspects of running the scheme, such as the training and supervision of the volunteers, and describes 2 examples of how befriending has made a difference in the lives of people with dementia.

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Reminders that make sense: designing multisensory notifications for the home

Author:
MCGEE-LENNON Marilyn R.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Assistive Technologies, 6(2), 2012, pp.93-104.
Publisher:
Emerald

It is likely that technology will play a significant role in supporting people in their homes as they get older.  The purpose of this paper is to present a synthesised overview of a project which is developing multimodal configurable reminder systems for the home. The aim of the MultiMemoHome Project is to understand more fully the different multimodal solutions available and to understand how effective and appropriate these methods are with real users in the home context. The paper presents an overview of multimodal interaction techniques and how they can be used to deliver messages to the user in a way that is more appropriate to the user's needs, the devices available, and the physical and social environment that the person is in when they receive a message. The paper argues that electronic reminders or notifications delivered in the home (such as appointments or when to take medication to your phone, computer or TV) should be available in multiple sensory modalities (visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory) in order to increase their usability and acceptability and make them accessible to a wider range of users. A set of guidelines and lessons learned on how to design usable and acceptable multimodal reminder systems for the home are presented.

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