older people

Who will love me when I'm 64? The importance of relationships in later life

Research that aims to explore the importance of couple, family and social relationships in the context of ageing and to understand how baby boomers’ relationships may be put under strain as they approach retirement and in older age.

Falls: assessment and prevention of falls in older people

Guidelines that provide recommendations for the assessment and prevention of falls in older people. It is an extension to the remit of NICE clinical guideline 21 (published November 2004) to include assessing and preventing falls in older people during a hospital stay (inpatients). 

Putting people into personalisation: relational approaches to social care and housing

Paper that argues that ‘demand-side’ reforms  such as Direct Payments do not on their own  result in a change of provision in the care and support market. It asks what ‘supply-side’ reforms might be needed in order to bring real choice – the choice about the shape of their lives – to those newly ‘empowered’ ‘consumers’.

Policy paper: economic implications of housing in an ageing society

One of a series of policy papers published by the national Housing and Ageing Alliance to stimulate debate and a coherent policy response to the critical issue of demographic change and housing.

Making it personal: a national project

A national project looking at the role of advocacy for older people in the personalisation process: aimed at evidencing the positive impact that advocacy can have.

Advocacy: who cares for older people?

Report that focuses on the outcome of four specific discussion topics which were raised at a series of meetings that took place in 18 different English towns and cities.

The aim was to establish what kind of delivery mechanisms exist to provide advocacy for older people within both generic and specialist schemes, and to ascertain what sort of problems exist which might prevent the promotion and development of an effective service.

A voice that wasn't speaking: older people using advocacy and shaping its development

Report that presents a summary of the main findings of a consultation with older people who have had contact with and/or received advocacy services. The consultation was undertaken on behalf of the Older Peoples Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) UK as part of a project with the following aims:
1. To contribute to an evidence base for the effectiveness and impact of advocacy which can be reported to stakeholders, including policy-makers, commissioners and funders.
2. To engage older people with an interest in the development of advocacy services.

Making a real difference: a full report of the national development project

In 2003 Section 64 funding was awarded by the Department of Health to carry out a three-year development plan to implement OPAAL’s stated aims, and a development officer was appointed in October 2003. Although OPAAL itself aims to work across the United Kingdom, the nature of the funding means that the development project addresses England specifically.

Commissioning advocacy for older people: a common lack of approach?

Get Heard was invited in April 2007 by the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL UK) to carry out a literature review of commissioning documents provided by the statutory sector when commissioning advocacy services for older people. The original proposal was that 30-40 such commissioning documents would be assessed and the following themes explored: 

SCIE report 63: Improving personal budgets for older people: a research overview

This short report is an evidence overview of key pieces of UK research between 2007 and 2012, which focused on the implementation and uptake of personal budgets and direct payments for older people (including those with dementia) in England. The report was published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in January 2013. It is not a systematic research review or an exhaustive examination of published research on the topic.