quality of life

High hopes: Supporting ex-prisoners in their lives after prison

This report presents the findings from an exploratory qualitative study that centres on a key Department for Work and Pensions client group that until now has not been extensively researched in terms of its interaction with benefit and employment services and the labour market. It focuses on a cohort of 40 (male) ex-prisoners who were tracked over a six-month period following their release from prison.

Making quality happen: a leaflet for senior managers and commissioners of children's services

This booklet provides an overview of the key research messages from 'Quality Matters: Messages from Research' written by Mike Stein which examined the impact of the Quality Protects initiative on the quality of services for children and young people looked after by local authorities. After setting out the key messages the booklet focuses on: assessment; supporting quality care; and integrated working, training and workforce reform. A full list of the nine studies including a short description of their aims and methodology is included.

Enabling technologies for people with dementia : report of the assessment study in England

Report presenting the findings of the UK assessment trial of Enable, a three year longitudinal study looking at the feasibility of enabling devices and the socio-economic costs of making technology available to enhance the quality of life of dementia sufferers and their carers.

Better care every step of the way

More than 40% of care homes in Scotland need to improve the support they offer people with life-limiting illnesses and those who require palliative and end of life care, according to a new report from Scotland’s care watchdog.

This report reflects the findings of 1036 inspections and three investigations carried out by the Care Commission at care homes for older people between April 2007 and March 2008.

Smart technology and community care for older people : innovation in West Lothian, Scotland

Report evaluating West Lothian Council's approach to the care and support of older people at home in which smart technology is integrated into a model of care which stresses choice, independence and capacity building for older people and aims to support them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. The evaluation looked at the views and experiences of stakeholders and the cost effectiveness of the programme.

Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services

The Our Health, Our Care, Our Say White Paper sets out a vision to provide people with good quality social care and NHS services in the communities where they live. NHS services are halfway through a 10 year plan to become more responsive to patient needs and prevent ill health by the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Social care services are also changing to give service users more independence, choice and control.

Green paper : improving the mental health of the EU population

Paper from the Social Care Institute for Excellence containing its response to European Commission proposals to establish a European mental health strategy. The response emphasised the relevance of mental health to economic prosperity, quality of life and social inclusion.

Adaptations, improvements and repairs to the home

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. This factsheet is about making adaptations, improvements or repairs to the home of people with dementia. These changes may help to make life easier or make it possible for the person to remain at home for longer. This information sheet also suggests where to go for advice and the grants that may be available.

Report on young offenders in adult establishments

This is a report on an inspection of the conditions in which male and female young offenders are held and the treatment they receive in smaller units within adult establishments in Scotland. The inspection took place in November 2008. The report covers young offenders in Friarton Hall (Perth Prison), Darroch Hall (Green Prison) and Bruce House (Cornton Vale Prison). A number of observations are noted and some recommendations are made for Bruce House.

Down's Syndrome Scotland

Down's Syndrome Scotland aims to improve the quality of life for everyone in Scotland with Down's Syndrome.