quality of life

Improving quality of life in care homes through community visiting

This report describes the results of a year-long evaluation of the Community Visitor pilot, conducted by researchers at the University of Essex. It was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), and forms part of a wider programme of work by JRF in the field of risk and relationship in the care sector.

Delivering 'A Better Life' for older people with high support needs in Scotland

A Better Life was a major five year programme of work developed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which explored how to achieve a good quality of life for older people with high support needs.

This briefing has been produced by IRISS to ensure that the messages and challenges of A Better Life are understood in the context of the current policy drivers in Scotland and are translated into practice across the country.

Better life: valuing our later years

What can help older people with high support needs to improve their quality of life? This research rounds-up the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's JRF’s A Better Life programme of work and presents a vision of what life can, and should, be like for all of us as we get older

Is music the best medicine? Using prescribed music to enhance quality of life for people with dementia and their carer

One of a series of reports which forms part of the PROP Practitioner Research Programme, a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and IRISS that was about health and social care for older people.

My home life: promoting quality of care in care homes

A new report from JRF outlines the findings from the My Home Life project. My Home Life is a collaborative initiative between Age UK, City University, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Dementia UK promoting quality of life in care homes. Report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in October 2012.

Older people's housing: choice, quality of life and under-occupation

This study moves the debate on older people's housing away from simplistic notions about 'holding onto housing' to wider questions about choice and demand.

An atlas of variations in social care: an analysis of the quality of social care services in England

The Government’s NHS and social care reforms are designed to deliver world class outcomes for patients and users. In social care the success of the reforms will be judged against delivery of improved outcomes in four outcomes domains in the ASCOF:

• Enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs
• Delaying and reducing the need for care and support
• Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care and support
• Safeguarding adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable and protecting from avoidable harm

Market assessment of housing options for older people

A study report for Shelter and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, it addresses three broad groups of questions: