Information & downloads concerning caring for the elderly. Either browse using the A-Z listing, or enter keywords to locate specific items. Alternatively you can browse for information by subject matter, or by publisher.

Handyperson Service

Our team of experienced Handypersons can visit and carry out small repairs and adaptations to the homes of Bexley residents

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HAPPI – Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation

HAPPI is an independent report, Chaired by Lord Richard Best which makes recommendations to Government and other statutory agencies as to how they should reform future policy to ensure our future homes and communities meet the needs and aspirations of our

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Having Our Say – A Housing Action Kit for Older People

Information and statistics on the planning and funding of housing for older people, and how older people can be involved.

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Health & Housing Glossary

A glossary of health and housing terminology

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Health & Safety for Volunteers

Employers of volunteers have a duty of care towards them. This factsheet explains the legal obligations regarding their health and safety, as well as good practice

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Health & Safety in Construction – technical services in Home Improvement Agencies

Good practice guide about construction health & safety for Home Improvement Agencies. Includes good practice, the need for risk assessment, and H&S responsibilities.

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Health & Social Care Guide for Wales

What can be expected of Health & Social Care Services in Wales, and how to get further information

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Health and Ageing

Explains how age can affect the health of older people, provides some general information and statistics about older people’s health and explains some of the most common illnesses in more detail.

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Health for Life: Health Promotion in Extra Care Housing

A rapid review of the Harry Lawson pilot in East Cheshire

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Health Risks & Health Inequalities in Housing: an Assessment Tool

This is a tool designed to assess the health risks of housing and the residential environment at the scale of a neighbourhood, housing stock, or administrative area. For each health risk, the tool enables a judgement to be recorded about the level of heal

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Health Services: Understanding your rights to healthcare

This guide aims to help you get the help you need if you feel ill. It tells you what NHS services are available and how to find them, as well as providing practical advice on the best ways to get the treatment you need.

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Health, care planning & housing: Manifesto

At a time of unprecedented demographic change, it is critical that housing, planning, health and social care policies address population ageing. The Housing & Ageing Alliance believes that homes, communities and housing related services should be plann

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Healthy Bones

Advice on how to keep bones strong and healthy as we get older.

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Healthy Eating

The basic principles of a heathy diet

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Healthy Eating & Arthritis

Information and advice about diet for people with arthritis, and how diet can influence the different kinds of arthritis

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Healthy Homes, Healthier Lives

This report details housing related initiatives and services which bring about health improvement, particularly those being developed by home improvement agencies.

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Healthy Hostels

Healthy lifestyles for hostel residents: a guide to improve the health and well-being of homeless and vulnerable people

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Healthy Living

It’s never too late to think about adopting a healthier lifestyle. That doesn’t mean you suddenly have to change your diet and start spending every day at the gym. Just a few small changes can make a big difference – helping you to feel better, have more

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Healthy Outcomes in Blackburn and Darwen Extra Care Housing

Case study 38 offers an overview of Spring Bank Court, discussing location, planning, funding, services and facilities and an analysing financial savings to the PCT

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Help at Home: what may be available in your local area

As you get older you may start to need some support or assistance at home. This factsheet provides information about the types of help and support services that could be available in your local area to help you stay independent and safe in your own home.

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Help if you live in a care home

A basic guide to benefits that people may be able to get living in a care home, and the effects on benefits you already have

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Help if you live in a care home (Arabic Version)

Basic guide to the benefits that may be available to people living in care homes

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Help if you live in a care home (Bengali Version)

Basic guide to the benefits that may be available to people living in care homes

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Help if you live in a care home (Chinese Version)

Basic guide to benefits that may be available to people living in a care home

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Help if you live in a care home (Gujarati Version)

A Basic guide to benefits that may be available to people living in a care home

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Help if you live in a care home (Punjabi Version)

A basic guide to benefits that may be available if you live in a care home

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Help if you live in a care home (Somali Version)

Basic Guide to the benefits that may be available to people living in care homes

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Help if you live in a care home (Vietnamese Version)

Brief guide to benefits that may be available to people who live in a care home

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Help if you live in a care home (Welsh language version)

A basic guide to the benefits that may be available to people in care homes

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Help with Continence

Provides information about incontinence, encourages the promotion of continence and suggests where to find further help.

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Help with health costs

There are a number of benefits and entitlements available to help older people with the cost of healthcare, such as prescription costs, dental treatment, eye tests and travel to hospital. This factsheet looks at what is available, who is eligible, and how

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Help with Heating

Advice and information on the help that is available to assist with heating costs and other fuel problems.

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Help with heating costs (Factsheet 1)

This factsheet explains how you can spend less on energy while still maintaining a warm and comfortable home. It provides information on getting the best energy deal, energy efficiency, financial help and help from bodies like your local authority (counci

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Help with the costs of moving and other financial support (FS20)

A brief guide to the main sources of help, including benefits, loans, grants and the Social Fund.

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Helping older people choose the right home for them: An introduction to the costs and benefits of providing advice and support

Outlines five models of support and advice offered to older people which help them consider where they want to live and implement their choices. Models are: 1. Crossroads Care’s Homeshare service 2. Redbridge Council’s ‘Free Space’ 3. FirstStop’s l

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Helping People Living with Cancer

Expert information and advice about cancer, the latest news about cancer services, helpful organisations and publications, and frequently asked questions.

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Helping visually impaired people in their homes: assistive technology

Findings of a project, commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust, that aimed to determine the needs of visually impaired people. This comprised surveys of user needs and existing assistive technology, and a gap analysis. It found a wide range of available

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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Information about the causes, risk factors and treatment of hypertension.

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Holiday Care

Holiday Care’ s website tells you how to contact them for information on accessible hotels and visitor attractions throughout the UK and how to obtain a range of information sheets on overseas destinations for the older and/or disabled traveller. The web

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Holidays

Everyone needs a break, a chance to get away from their daily routine. This leaflet provides information on holidays that cater for the needs of older and disabled people.

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Home Care Service for People with Dementia in Poole

Housing LIN Case Study no 13. An example of pioneering specialist home care service for people with dementia living in their own homes within the Borough of Poole in Dorset

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Home Improvement Agencies

Home Improvement Agencies or HIAs are an essential component in any integrated care system. This short video produced for Foundations – The National Body for Home Improvement Agencies illustrates why.

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Home Improvement Agencies – Delivering Government Strategies across Health, Housing & Social Care

The role of Home Improvement Agencies, and the need for cross egency working to meet needs

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Home Improvement Agencies – the Key to Independent Living

Expllanation of what Home Improvement Agencies do, why they’re needed, and how they’re funded

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Home improvements and repairs (Factsheet 67)

This factsheet provides information about the help you can get if your home is in a poor condition or unsuitable for your needs. It includes information on the financial assistance and practical support available to help you make improvements, as well

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Home is . . . Annual Review 2013

This year we asked hundreds of older people to tell us what ‘home’ means to them. The resulting answer was clearly that home is so much more than a roof over your head. Home is . . being in control Home is . . the small things Gome is . . the foundatio

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Home Repairs & Improvements

Information and advice for home owners and tenants about help with home repairs, and adaptations. It includes Local Authority help and grants, paying for and adapting the home, the role of Home Improvement Agencies, arranging for work privately, and trade

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Home safety checker – Staying safe around the house

It’s important that we feel safe in our homes, yet more accidents happen at home than anywhere else. This leaflet contains checklists that will help you identify and resolve any possible safety risks, and help prevent accidents. Throughout this leaf

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Home truths

Housing options and advice for people in later life: Learning from communities in Leeds This report demonstrates the need for understanding the local context and speak to local communities when developing information and advice services. More than 9

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Homelessness

This factsheet explains what help is available if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness, for example because of a tenancy ending or relationship breakdown.

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Homes and Ageing in England

There is a strong case to be made for prevention through core housing improvements. This briefing note adds to our wider understanding of the close relationship between poor housing for older people and demands on NHS care. It builds on the previous publi

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Homeshare – Good Practice Guide 2011

the key facts for policy-makers – how might the UK unlock the potential for Homeshare to become mainstream? The key facts for commissioners to help ordinary people to contribute . A detailed guide for those developing and implementing Homesare. Practice e

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Homeshare International website

Information about Homeshare International, which promotes homesharing, i.e. whereby a householder offers accommodation in exchange for an agreed level of help, such as help with household tasks and/or some financial help

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Homesharing (FS27)

Homesharing can be a cost effective way of finding accommodation and receiving care. This factsheet discusses what homesharing is, what the pros and cons are, and how much it can cost.

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HOOP SCDC Pathway Project Trial

The Trial started as an outcome from the DFG (Disabled Facilities Grant) Review carried out in 2016. The Review identified three key findings, the first having a direct relevance to this Trial: 1: New services are needed that consider people’s needs in

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Hospice Care

Description of hospice care, and the type of services and staff provided

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Hospital 2 Home

Highlights the key role of housing in enabling an independent and healthy later life and offers practical ideas to support a joint approach across sectors and professions. Provides essential information for people working in health, housing, social care

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Hospital Discharge (Factsheet 37)

This factsheet explains how your discharge from hospital should be managed following NHS treatment. The aim should be for you to stay in hospital no longer than necessary and to receive the ongoing care and support you need in the most appropriate place.

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Hospital Discharge Arrangements

This factsheet describes the arrangements that should be made for people leaving hospital and explains which services might be available and how to find out about and obtain them.

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Hospital stays

This factsheet covers what should happen before, during and after your hospital stay, and how you can prepare for it. Information about processes and your rights refers to NHS hospitals, unless otherwise stated.

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Housing & Community Care Checklist ; summary

Guidance that local authorities and other agencies need to consider when developing housing strategies and community cale plans. It forms the basis for joint planning and working.

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Housing & Crime – safe as houses

Some hard facts about crime and examination of ways to overcome it, demonstrating how RSLs work with their tenants and partner organisations to fight crime in their communities

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Housing & Health – reducing health inequalities

This factsheet was produced jointly with Health & Housing, a charity which promotes the links between good health & good housing. It looks at Government initiatives and the work of RSL’s to reduce health inequalities, and asks what more can be done.

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Housing & Older People : time for fresh thinking & new ideas

Promotes the need for fresh thinking about older peoples housing needs, in view of the growth in owner occupation and the links between health and housing etc. Older people should be actively involved in service planning, and alternatives to reidential ca

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Housing advice for older people : A briefing paper

A review of available sources of housing information & advice

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Housing an Ageing Population (England)

With an ageing population, the question of how to address the UK’s housing crisis for older people is an acute one. Build rates are generally substantially lower than forecast need and the issue is exacerbated further for older people; who must also consi

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Housing and care options for older people

An introduction to services that can help older people live more comfortably or independently at home, and the options available to those who decide to move in later life. It is written for older people who rent their current homes as well as those who ar

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Housing Benefit (Factsheet 17)

This factsheet explains what Housing Benefit is, who qualifies for it, and how it is calculated. It explains how to claim and what to do if you want to challenge a decision. It has information about Discretionary Housing Payments and what to do if you hav

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Housing Choices and Aspirations of Older People

Research from the New Horizons Programme – Eight focus groups of ‘younger’ and ‘older’ older people explore the influence on participants’ housing decisions, and their future housing intentions and aspirations.

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Housing choices in later life: A self training guide

This self training guide is for people of all ages who, through paid or voluntary work, regularly meet older people who may be thinking about their housing and care options. It may also be useful if you are thinking about your own later life housing and c

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Housing Code: England. Consultation Draft

Draft Code of Practice to help eliminate discrimination in housing. Aimed at all housing providers, Chapter 1 is an introduction, Chapter 2 looks at the legal context, Chapter 3 makes recommendations on good practice in 9 key housing areas, and Chapter 4

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Housing for Older People

Advice and information, Link between housing and health, Staying put, Moving home, Housing options, Planning and supply of homes for older people, A national strategy for older’s people’s housing

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Housing for Older People from the Chinese Community in Middlesbrough

Housing LIN case study no 11 – Example of a local community development partnership between a housing association and a Chines community association, involving housing for older people, a community centre and retail/business space

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Housing for Older People in Wales: An Evidence Review

Wales has an increasing and increasingly diverse ageing population. This presents a challenge for Welsh housing. The majority of people over 65 in Wales are home owners – the likelihood of moving in later life decreases as we age, and is primarily i

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Housing for People with Sight Loss

Factsheet 26 is for readers who are involved with general needs and supported housing, including extra care housing: commissioners, providers, managers of housing with care and/or support.

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Housing LIN

This is the part of the Department of Health’s Integrated Care Network website that focuses on the work of the Extra Care Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network). It offers a broad collection of factsheets, case studies and good practice examples

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Housing Matters

Practical information & advice about available housing choices, including help to stay put, considering moving, moving home, moving in with family, moving to sheltered housing.

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Housing Ombudsman Service

Information about this service which deals with complaints from residents (or their representatives) about Registered Social Landlords, and private landlords that are registered with the service

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Housing options

If you’re thinking of moving, the different types of housing on offer can be confusing. This factsheet describes the main housing options open to older people and things to consider before making your choice.

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Housing Options – Your housing choices, advice for older people

Many people find that they start to think more about where they live as they grow older. You may be happy staying just where you are, but could do with some support to make life easier. Do you need repairs or adaptations to your home to be able to continu

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Housing Options Advice for Older People : A Self Training Kit for Advisers

A kit to to help generalist advisers, or anyone who works with older people, to develop their knowledge and understanding of housing options for older people.

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Housing Options Advice for Older People: a self-training kit for advisers

This toolkit provides a broad overview of the housing options in older age. It aims to help generalist advisers, or anyone who works with older people, to develop their knowledge and understanding of housing options for older people.

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Housing Options for Older People

Looking ahead to 2026, the rising number of older people, combined with increased longevity, will create a much greater need for properties suitable for the impaired and averagely frail very old. This calls for a commitment to new ‘lifetime’ homes, constr

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Housing Options for Older People (HOOP) – Report on a developmental project to refine a housing option appraisal tool for use by older people

Detailed review of the development and testing of a questionnaire-based tool, designed to help older people assess their present housing situation as a basis for making decisions about the future.

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Housing options for older people in Cambridgeshire

An introduction to services that can help older people live more comfortably or independently at home, and the options available to those who decide to move in later life. It is written for older people who rent their current homes as well as those who ar

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Housing Options for Older People in Scotland

This guide is an introduction to the different types of accommodation and support services available for older people across Scotland. With thanks to Housing Options Scotland and Nationwide Building Society.

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Housing Options for Older People Service (HOOP): An Evaluation of FirstStop Manchester

As the UK continues to see an ageing population where appropriate housing solutions are scarce and high quality advice and information about these is limited, Manchester Move and Northwards Housing are pleased to present this report about the work that ha

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Housing Options: a guide for older people in Scotland

The main housing options available across Scotland are: • Staying in your current home and adapting it to your needs. • Buying or renting a smaller/more suitable property. • Sheltered accommodation (retirement housing). • A care home. • Moving

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Housing Options: Different types of housing to suit your needs

Many of us find that as we get older we start to think more about where we live. Do you want to stay where you are, but could do with some support to make life easier? Would repairs or adaptations make it more comfortable? Perhaps you’re thinking about mo

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Housing our ageing population: Learning from councils meeting the housing need for our ageing population

There is a distinct and urgent need to better provide a range of housing options to meet the wide variety of housing circumstances, aspirations and needs of people as they age. Between 2008 and 2039, 74 per cent of projected household growth will be ma

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Housing our Ageing Population: Plan for Implementation (HAPPI 2)

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Care for Older People, chaired by Lord Best, has highlighted the benefits of improved housing options for older people. Their 2012 inquiry report, written by Jeremy Porteus – Secretary to the APPG In

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Housing our Ageing Population: Positive Ideas (HAPPI 3) – Making retirement living a positive choice

This volume in the influential HAPPI series for the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People calls on policymakers, house-builders and other stakeholders to address the concerns and issues that deter some people from moving to specialist housing. It says

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Housing Provision and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Factsheet 20 and its information sheets offer information about the law in relation to those likely to lack capacity concerning arrangements for housing. General guide only.

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Housing with care for later life – A literature review

This report presents a comprehensive overview of the most recent evidence related to new and emerging models of housing with care for later life. Reflecting the current emphasis on developing evidence-based policy and practice, the review focuses on prim

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Housing, Health and Care

This new policy and practice report from the Chartered Institute of Housing, and supported by the Housing LIN, is essential reading for policy makers, commissioners and providers alike. It gives a comprehensive tour of latest government policies and examp

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How do I get a hearing aid?

Information about how to get a hearing aid, and the difference between NHS and private hearing aids

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How to .. Cope with loneliness

Describes how loneliness can affect people, ways of alleviating loneliness, and agencies that can help

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How to .. Cope with memory loss

Answers common questions about memory loss. Describes common problems, how memory can be preserved, and what can be done to improve memory loss.

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How to beat the Bogus Caller

Clear information about bogus callers, and how to avoid them

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How to find the right care home

Whether you’re choosing a care home for yourself or a relative, finding the right information can be challenging. In this new guide we look at what to consider and essential questions like location and cost, what you want from a home and whether a care ho

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How to get an Extra Care Programme in Practice – Housing LIN Case Study no.6

Example of how one Social Services Department managed the process of putting in place a pragramme of Extra Care

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How to make a complaint

Information and guidance for people who want to make a complaint about NHS or local authority services

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How to stay socially connected

Social groups, activities and befriending services for older people.

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How well does your home suit you? (the mini-HOOP tool)

A shortened and simplified version of the original HOOP questionnaire, designed to help older people review their present living arrangements, identify any problems, and find information to help solve them.

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How will the new law on age discrimination affect you?

On 1st October 2006 new legislation (The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006) will come into force in the UK. It will provide protection against age discrimination in employment and education for people of all ages. This gives an overview of the pr

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HUB Services Made Simple

ODPM proposal to co-ordinate Information Technology and provide comprehensive information about Supporting People services and providers of support services to professionals and the public.

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