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Not just tea and bingo: community provision for older people in Newham

Author:
MANN Kulbinder
Publisher:
Community Links
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
London

This report begins with an introduction. Section 2 sets out facts and figures and identifies key national and local policies. Section 3 describes the range of services provided by voluntary and community organisations. Section 4 is about service users. Section 5 gives conclusions and recommendations.

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'Determined guerrillas'

Author:
MORRISON Lilian
Journal article citation:
Voluntary Voice, 112, March 1997, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
London Voluntary Service Council

Looks at the Association of Greater London Older Women (AGLOW).

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Money management and elderly people with dementia

Authors:
LANGAN Joan, MEANS Robin
Journal article citation:
Elders the Journal of Care and Practice, 3(3), September 1994, pp.33-42.

Elderly people with dementia pose complex issues around the management of their financial affairs. This article looks at the law relating to the handling of other people's money in England and Wales, and draws out the policy and practice implications for those working with elderly people.

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Improving oral health for adults in care homes

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This quick guide, developed for care home managers and their staff, explains how to achieve good oral health for people who live in care homes. Based on the NICE guideline on oral health for adults in care homes, it covers: how poor oral health can affect people’s ability to eat, speak and socialise normally; how to carry out an oral health assessment; the knowledge and skills care staff need to know to support residents maintain good oral health; and what the Care Quality Commission expects from care homes. The guide includes an oral health assessment tool and provides links to further information. (Edited publisher abstract)

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The role of care homes in end of life care. Briefing 2: place and cause of death for permanent and temporary residents of care homes

Author:
NATIONAL END OF LIFE CARE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
14
Place of publication:
London

This briefing paper describes recent trends in the demographics of people who receive end of life care in a care home, presenting data on the place and cause of death for permanent and temporary residents of care homes. It also provides analyses of variation by geographical region. It reports that nearly two thirds (62 per cent) of people who died in care homes have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as an underlying or contributory cause of death. It is the second of two briefings produced by National End of Life Care Intelligence Network to describe the important role that care homes play in the care of people at the end of life. (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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Medication in extra care housing: factsheet

Author:
HOLDEN Michael
Publisher:
Housing Learning and Improvement Network
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
20
Place of publication:
London

Update of the 2008 Housing LIN factsheet on the handling of medicines in extra care housing (ECH), taking into account recent policy, legislation and guidance. The factsheet highlights good practice recommendations covering areas such as safe storage, monitoring and record keeping, over-the-counter, medicines adherence support, and consent and choice. It also outlines additional areas for consideration when supporting people with dementia, for people using telecare devices to manage their own medicine, and supporting adherence to medication. It also sets out key lessons learned and provides a list of useful frequently asked questions. The factsheet is aimed at practitioners, commissioners, care service managers and housing managers working in extra care housing. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

New approaches to understanding dementia

Author:
GINESI Laura
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 112(25), 2016, pp.16-19.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Improving understanding of brain disorders is likely to be one of the core aims of physiological research in the 21st century. This article, the second in a four-part series, looks at the main types of dementia and explores emerging theories about how the condition develops. These theories are improving understanding of the neuro-degeneration that characterises the most common forms of dementia, and will help improve care for those living with dementia. (Publisher abstract)

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Retirement housing 2016

Authors:
GILMORE Grainne, et al
Publisher:
Knight Frank
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
6
Place of publication:
London

Examines the demand and supply for purpose-built housing for older people across the UK. It includes an analysis of the equity release potential of downsizing, as well as highlighting the planning landscape for the retirement housing sector. It is estimated that by 2039, one in 12 people will be aged 80 or over. The report reveals that just 3 per cent of new-build units in the pipeline or currently under construction are designated ‘elderly’ or ‘sheltered’ housing. It argues that supply of retirement housing needs to increase five-fold while downsizing to a home with one less bedroom will release around £52,000 in equity on average across England and Wales, with large regional variations. The report outlines the current demographic trends and the impact of an ageing population, the role of housing and the supply side of the housing market, and how the policy framework should address the lack of housing for older people. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Is loneliness in later life a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Authors:
PIKHARTOVAA Jitka, BOWLING Ann, VICTOR Christina
Journal article citation:
Aging and Mental Health, 20(5), 2016, pp.543-549.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Objectives: There are many stereotypes about ageing and later life. The authors looked at the association between expectations and stereotyping of loneliness in old age and actual self-reported loneliness status 8 years later in English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Method: Data from 4465 ELSA core members aged over 50 who responded to Waves 2 (2004) did not report loneliness in Wave 2, and responded to loneliness questions at least once between Waves 3 and 6 (2006–2012) were used in multivariable repeated measures logit regression analysis to estimate relationship between perceived stereotypes and expectation of loneliness in older age and actual loneliness reported within 8 years of follow-up. Results: Twenty-four per cent of respondents from the analytical sample agreed at Wave 2 that old age is time of loneliness and 33% expected to be lonely in old age. Loneliness was reported by 11.5% of respondents at Waves 3–6. Both stereotypes and expectation were significantly associated with later reported loneliness (OR 2.65 (95% CI 2.05–3.42) for stereotypes and 2.98 (95% CI 2.33–3.75) for expectations in age-sex adjusted analysis). Both variables significantly predicted future loneliness even when socio-demographic circumstances were taken into account and both variables were mutually adjusted although the effect was reduced (OR's 1.53 (95% CI 1.16–2.01) for stereotypes and 2.38 (95% CI 1.84–3.07) for expectations). Conclusions: Stereotypes and expectations related to loneliness in the old age were significantly associated with reported loneliness 8 years later. Interventions aimed at changing age-related stereotypes in population may have more impact on reducing loneliness than individually based services.

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