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Co-production and participation: older people with high support needs

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, et al
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
London

This report provides a summary of the research literature on the participation and co-production of older people with high support needs. It identifies the benefits and barriers to participation and also includes a small-scale survey of good practice. The report notes that 'older people with high support needs' are a diverse group, falling into two strands of disadvantage - age and disability. Factors that may contribute to high support needs are also identified as: gender; ethnicity; religion and belief; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people; poverty; learning disability; dementia and mental health problems; sensory impairment and housing contexts. The report goes on to identify the benefits and barriers to participation and different ways of involving older people. A resources section sets out resources available to support co-production in social care, including assessment tools and examples of practice and service development undertaken in co-production. The conclusion offers recommendations for improving practice. The report will be of particular interest to commissioners of social and health care services; people working in housing provision; service users and others developing the co-production/participation agenda in care provision and service development.

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‘The Taste Buddies’: participation and empowerment in a residential home for older people

Authors:
BAUR Vivianne, ABMA Tineke
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 32(6), August 2012, pp.1055-1078.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

The participation and autonomy of older people living in residential homes is considered to be problematic. However, in this action research project conducted in a Dutch residential care organisation the authors found ways to enhance residents' direct participation. This article we describes how a group of seven female residents, calling themselves ‘The Taste Buddies’, developed a joint vision on how meals could be improved, which enhanced the group's empowerment, building interpersonal trust, social identity and joint purpose. The authors argue that resident participation as partnership with employees and managers starts with relational empowerment among residents themselves. This process is non-linear and requires time and constructive facilitation.

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English forums on ageing: a first step in good practice

Author:
UK ADVISORY FORUM ON AGEING
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
London
Edition:
Rev. ed.

The UK Advisory Forum on Ageing offers older people a direct line to government to comment on new policy ideas, services, legislation and areas important to them. It aims to improve the well-being of older people and to respond to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing society. Government is encouraging the development of local and regional communication channels to identify common themes that need to be brought to the attention of national government, provide direction and leadership on local and regional issues affecting older people, and to help spread good practice locally. This document offers some ideas for discussion and development, which emerged from a DWP-facilitated workshop held in December 2009.

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Coming of age

Author:
McINTOSH Kaye
Journal article citation:
Local Government Chronicle, 9.4.09, 2009, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Emap Business

Councils have a key role in providing services that give older people greater independence, increased wellbeing, and ensure they can engage with services. Four councils have secured Beacon awards for their innovative approaches to engaging older people. Provides brief overviews of innovative approaches in Bradford, Camden, Lancashire and Tower Hamlets.

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National evaluation of partnerships for older people projects: interim report of progress

Authors:
WINDLE Karen, et al
Publisher:
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
Canterbury

This is an interim report of an ongoing evaluation of the National POPP -partnerships for older people - projects programme. It is a statement of progress providing very early findings, lessons learnt and key messages from the experience of the POPP pilots to date.

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BSG Guidelines on ethical research with human participants

Author:
PEACE Shelia
Journal article citation:
Generations Review, 18(2), April 2008, Online only
Publisher:
British Society of Gerontology

Researching later life engages us with people living in all situations including some who are involved in health, housing and social care. Regardless of whether they are receiving or providing services or have some other interest, inviting them to participate in research is a serious matter. Research participants should be approached only after giving careful consideration to what it is they will be asked  to do. They may be seen as research participants or co-producers of research. This article presents guidelines relating to ethical research practice.

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My work

Author:
MARTIN Dave
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 9(4), December 2005, pp.39-42.
Publisher:
Emerald

The author, an Associate Director with the Better Government for Older People (BGOP), explains the work of the BGOP and its work to connect politics and older people through active engagement.

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Involving older people: in setting standards for day services

Author:
AGE CONCERN
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
54p.
Place of publication:
London

Despite many directives promoting the involvement of older people in planning and evaluating services that are provided for them, relatively little is known about what older people themselves think about such involvement. The standards are designed by advisory groups who have been invited to take part in planning and monitoring the process of implementation for the standards.

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Creating an intergenerational learning community for the study of elder abuse

Author:
NEIKRUG Shimshon
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 16(2), 2004, pp.33-49.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Reports the results of an educational experience in teaching the topic of elder abuse in an undergraduate social work department in a college in Israel. The goal of the experience described in this report was to create an intergenerational, learning community in the classroom by bringing in older persons as co-teachers, experts on their experience, and co-learners to improve the study of gerontology. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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Intermediate care: older people's involvement and experiences

Authors:
MANTHORPE Jill, CORNES Michelle
Journal article citation:
Journal of Integrated Care, 12(6), December 2004, pp.43-48.
Publisher:
Emerald

New service models such as intermediate care may find it difficult to involve older people in services that are time-limited and unfamiliar. Their staff may perceive themselves as having little time to sustain or build relationships with voluntary and community-based organisations engaged in intermediate care. This article shows how such challenges can be met by drawing on the experiences of voluntary sector projects involved in intermediate care services. The article focuses on practitioners' experiences of involving older people in intermediate care assessment and treatment and, secondly on the views of older people about the information they received.

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