Pulling Together –

Mental Health Foundation, May 2018

Outlines the benefits of peer-support groups for older people’s mental health and for improving social connectedness in later life. It aims to support the establishment and development of peer-support groups and to share the learning.

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Adding extra years to life and extra life to those years: Local government guide to healthy ageing

Local Government Association, March 2018

The population is ageing. Over the last 10 years the number of people aged over 65 in England increased by a fifth – that’s nearly 1.7 million extra older people. But while the greater longevity is to be welcomed, far too many of those later years are being spent in poor health. That is bad for the individual and bad for the state. The longer a person spends in poor health the more health and care they need, so tackling it is a priority for local government aiming to reduce the impact of long-term conditions, turn the tide and make sure that those in old age are able to maintain their health, wellbeing and independence for as long as possible.

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Medicines optimisation in care homes: Programme overview

NHS England, March 2018

This document sets out the process for how the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) will be deployed to support the Medicines optimisation in care homes (MOCH) programme in 2018/19 and 2019/20. It sets out the background to the programme and describes the scope, objectives and expected outcomes for care home residents. This programme aims to recruit pharmacists into care homes to help reduce overmedication and cut unncessary hospital stays.

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ODESSA: Optimising care delivery models to support ageing-in-place

University of Sheffield, March 2018

This report brings together international research findings on current long-term care delivery models for older people and assesses the key factors that allow them to live independently for longer.  It reports on a  three-year project investigated new and innovative ways of adapting a person’s home so that they can live independently for longer and avoid going into residential care as well as making it easier for them to access public services such as health and social services.

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Housing for older people: Second Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee, February 2018

Report that calls for a national strategy which brings together and improves the policy on housing for older people.  It calls on the government to recognise the link between homes and health and social care in the forthcoming social care green paper.  Identifies the following three housing-related factors impacting on health:

  1. Cold,
  2. Risk of falls
  3. Location of the home.

It recommends:

  • Additional funding for Home Improvement Agencies operating services including a handyperson service for older people.
  • A range of measures to help older people overcome the barriers to moving home including an accreditation for companies which provide tailored services for older people moving home and better customer service and guidance from lenders when applying for a mortgage.
  • Ensuring that national and local planning policy encourages the building of more of all types of housing for older people – extra care, retirement, sheltered and accessible housing across the social and private sectors, with older people involved in the design process.
  • Building all new homes to accessible and adaptable standards so that they are ‘age proofed’ and can meet the current and future needs of older people.

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Healthy homes: accommodating an ageing population

Institution of Mechanical Engineers, February 2018

Report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers that identifies the use of smart technologies, including smart homes, could make life better for older people, enabling them to retain their independence and relieve the pressure on health and social care services. To facilitate this it recommends:

  • Establishing financial incentives to build cognitive houses.
  • Creating a new standard for housing design and construction fit for the 21st century.
  • Initiating new markets for technology to tackle existing inadequate housing stock.
  • Investing in nationwide ‘healthy living for life’ technology programmes.

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Hidden hunger and malnutrition in the elderly

All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, January 2018

All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger report calling on the government to investigate and record effectively rates of malnutrition in older people. This has an estimated to cost the NHS and social care of £15.7 billion a year by 2030. It recommends targeted investment in services which protect older people from malnutrition would deliver significant annual savings to the NHS, not least by reducing the number of hospital admissions and limiting the number of days older people spend in hospital.

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