Help at home: Use of assistive technology for older people

National Institute for Health Research, December 2018

This review presents a selection of recent research on assistive technology for older people funded by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other government funders. This has been selected with help from an expert steering group. In this review we focus on research around the use of technology in the home, remote monitoring systems and designing better environments for older people.

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UK care home providers for older people: advice on consumer law: Helping care homes comply with their consumer law obligations

Competition and Markets Authority, November 2018

The advice is being published as part of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) ongoing consumer protection work into residential care homes and nursing homes for older people (over 65s). It follows the CMA’s examination of the sector last year, which found that some residents are at risk of being treated unfairly and recommended urgent action to reform the sector.

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Age is just a number: views among people aged 50 and over in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Centre for Ageing Better, November 2018

This report analyses the most recent data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).  The data shows that across the whole sample of more than 6,000 people aged 50 and over in England, most are feeling fairly good about ageing, with 60 per cent saying that growing older is a positive experience. However there are large and consistent differences by socioeconomic status.

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An overview of reviews: the effectiveness of interventions to address loneliness at all stages of the life-course

What Works Wellbeing, October 2018

The review sought to address the question: What is the effectiveness of interventions to alleviate loneliness in people of all ages across the lifecourse? The results from controlled study designs in community settings and care homes showed no effect of interventions on loneliness, although this does not mean that loneliness is not alleviated at all by a range of interventions. In the published literature loneliness is seldom reported as a primary outcome; it is most often reported alongside other outcomes including related concepts such as social isolation, social support, social networks, and health outcomes including anxiety and depression.

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Planning And Preparing For Later Life

Centre for Ageing Better, September 2018

Summarises the available evidence on what enables people to plan for their later lives and what factors can present barriers to planning.  It aimed to answer three key questions:

  1. Who does or doesn’t plan for later life in mid-life onwards?
  2. What enables or prevents people from planning for later life?
  3. What can be done to encourage more people to overcome the barriers to planning?

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European report on preventing elder maltreatment

World Health Organization, September 2018

Estimates suggest that at least four million people experience elder maltreatment in any one year in the European region. This report discusses the scale of the problem in more detail, identifies risk factors for maltreatment, describes the latest evidence on the effectiveness of interventions for prevention, and identifies strategies and key policies to reduce its burden.

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Admissions Prevention and Facilitated Discharge Service Evaluation

Applied Health and Wellbeing Partnership, September 2018

Over 70% of hospital bed days are occupied by emergency admissions, and over 80% of emergency admissions who stay for more than two weeks are patients aged over 65.  Older people are the main adult users of NHS health and social care services, at any one time occupying more than two thirds of acute hospital in-patient beds.  Understanding and preventing avoidable admissions is a pressing issue, especially with NHS budget restraints, an increasing ageing population, and the demand for care closer to home.

The Admissions Prevention and Facilitated Discharge service was developed in Wirral to reduce the incidence of hospital admissions and facilitate a timely supported discharge process for those admitted into hospital.  The service provides interventions such as increased packages of care within the patient’s home, rapid access to respite and twenty four hour care nursing beds, access to therapies, facilitation of early supported discharge from hospital into alternative community settings, and the service also supports patients into long term care placements where necessary. The service was evaluated to explore the views and experiences of healthcare professionals and family members of patients who had recently used the service.

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