older people

Ageing alone: loneliness and the 'oldest old'

Through case study analysis of projects that are tackling loneliness effectively, this report explores practical steps that can be taken to reduce levels of loneliness among the oldest old.

The generation strain: collective solutions to care in an ageing society

Report that argues for the need to transform the understanding of what ‘social care’ is in order to help people live decent lives, to put in place the right building blocks to prepare for an ageing population and to reduce future demand for care.

Learning for care homes from alternative residential care settings

Review that explores the learning from delivery of care in residential services for children and young people, residential services and supported housing for people with learning disabilities and hospice care, and considers how this can be applied in care homes for older people.

Engaging with reshaping care: how's it shaping up? (Insight 1)

One of a series of documents that reports the findings of the Reshaping Care for Older People programme's latest scoping exercise, conducted September 2013 to January 2014. It provides an update on how things have progressed since the 2012 report and considers the ongoing challenges.

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.

Recommendations for the future of residential care for older people in Scotland: summary

The introduction of national care standards and a strong and effective regulatory regime, along with a payment for quality agenda that has been devised to reward the best performing care homes, has delivered a general improvement in the overall quality of care provided.

However, the current mix of services within the care home market is not producing optimum outcomes, when viewed from a whole system and care user’s perspective.

This document presents a summary of recommendations forthe future of residential care for older people in Scotland.

Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population

Paper designed as a high-level resource and reference guide for local service leaders who want to improve care for older people. Within each component of care it describes the goal that the system should aim for and then presents key evidence about what can work, selected examples of local good practice, pointers to major reviews and guidelines, and advice about where to start.