older people

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 

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.

A comprehensive analysis based on a “natural experiment”: the introduction of free personal care for the elderly that was implemented in Scotland in 2002, but not elsewhere in the UK. Under The Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act, people aged 65 and over are entitled to a flat rate payment of £145 per week and those who receive care in a nursing home receive an additional £65 per week. These funds are separate from living and housing costs and are intended specifically for personal care.

Report that provides new evidence on the key issues affecting people with dementia living in care homes. The report summarises evidence from surveys of family members, care home staff and people with dementia about their views on care in care homes.

Report that identifies the impacts which demographic change and an ageing population will have primarily on the public finances in respect of the provision of health and social care, housing, and pensions and the labour force, and the planning being undertaken by the Scottish Government and key public bodies to mitigate such impacts.

Approaches to making personal budgets work well for older people (including people with dementia) emerged as a high priority and TLAP has committed to do more work in this area.

This report is a first stage. It draws on two key surveys:
1. The ADASS personalisation survey (2012)
2. The TLAP National Personal Budgets Survey (2011) and a review of relevant literature.