older people

The effect of free personal care for the elderly on informal caregiving

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.

Low expectations: attitudes on choice, care and community for people with dementia in care homes

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.

Demographic change and an ageing population (2nd report, 2013)

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.

Improving personal budgets for older people: a review

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.

Widening choices for older people with high support needs

This study identifies the benefits and potential of options based on mutuality (people supporting each other) and / or reciprocity (people contributing to individual and group well-being). The study was published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in January 2013. Full report and summary report available.

Spirituality and ageing: implications for the care and support of older people (IRISS Insights, No19)

It is predicted that by 2033 there will be a 50% increase in the number of people over 60 in Scotland. This is accompanied by increasing longevity.

This evidence review focuses on the spiritual care of older people as one of the ways in which person-centred care can be achieved.

Preparing to grow old together

Paper that describes how initially one, and then a group of members of a South London housing co-op, started working towards improving their organisation for older people.

It is written by the member who initiated the project in response to issues facing the co-op’s ageing population.

Senior cohousing communities: an alternative approach for the UK

Paper that examines the notion of ‘cohousing’; draws on examples of cohousing from outside the UK; and assesses the potential for cohousing in the UK.

It was commissioned as part of the JRF programme on A Better Life, which aims to increase our understanding of what can help older people with high support needs now and in the future.

Attitudes to social care for older people in Northern Ireland

Report that examines the existing level of informal care of older people in Northern Ireland, and the attitudes of people to social care.

Assessing current and future housing and support options for older LGB people

Report that documents authors' perspectives and then examine some of the relevant literature on the potential of personalisation, co-production, mutuality and concepts of the family.

It presents the findings of an online survey of  younger LGB adults (30–69) who were asked to consider how and where they would like to live in older age, particularly if they have high support needs.