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.

Park homes (Factsheet 71)

This factsheet provides information about legislation relating to park homes (also called mobile homes). It is intended for people who own a park home as their permanent residence or for those who are considering buying such a home. It includes points to

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Park View: and ‘Independent Living’ Scheme with Support for Individuals with a Learning Disability

Case Study 32 describes the development of five new build homes for people with a learning disability in South Tyneside.

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Parkinson’s & Diet

Information for people with Parkinson’s about diet. It includes food groups, fluids, eating plans, medication, food supplements, and advice about eating and swallowing

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Parkinsonism

Information about parkinsonism – including Parkinsons Disease.

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Patient Information Publications

Database including a directory of self-help groups, patient groups & other organisations involved in health related matters. It contains a large number of patient information leaflets about all aspects of health & treatment. UK GPs and practice nurses use

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Paying care home fees

Paying for a place in a care home can be complicated. This factsheet explains how the system works, whether you’re paying for your own place or eligible for financial help from your local council.

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Paying care home top-up fees

This factsheet explains when you or someone else – such as a relative, friend or charity – might have to pay a ‘top-up’ fee for you to stay in the care home of your choice. These rules apply if your place in a care home is being funded partly or fully by

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Paying for Care and Park Homes

A summary of considerations applicable to people who live in park homes (‘mobile homes’) when it comes to paying for care.

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Paying for care and support at home (Factsheet 46)

This factsheet explains charging for social care services in places other than care homes, mainly related to services provided in your own home. This is because the two charging systems are slightly different. It also covers charging for carers’ services.

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Paying for care in a care home if you have a partner (Factsheet 39)

This factsheet explains how being part of a couple can affect a care home resident’s eligibility for local authority assistance with care home fees and both partners’ eligibility for social security benefits during the period in spent in residential care.

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Paying for long-term care

Explains what long-term care means, how the state might help, and how financial products can be used to help pay for care.

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Paying for maintenance and repairs in your home

Maintaining, improving, repairing and adapting your home can be expensive. This factsheet gives you information about any help and grants that may be available to help you when carrying out any maintenance, repairs and adaptations to your home.

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Peace of Mind Whilst you are away

Advice on making your home and belongings secure whilst you are away

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Peace of mind: Understanding the non-financial benefits of financial advice

In recent years, everyone has had to take more responsibility for their own wealth, with changes in pensions, retirement ages, and regulation. Professional financial advice is more crucial than ever in helping people make informed decisions. Yet a signifi

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Pennine Court: Remodelling sheltered housing to include extra care for people with learning difficulties

Case Study 29 describe the development of extra care housing opportunities for older people with learning difficulites within a conventional shetered housing scheme in Salford

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Pension Credit

About four million older people are entitled to receive Pension Credit to top up their retirement income, yet just under half of those eligible are not claiming it, or are not claiming the right amount. If you think you might be missing out, this factshee

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Pension Credit (Factsheet 48)

This factsheet explains what Pension Credit is, the eligibility criteria and how to make a claim. It explains what to do if you have a change of circumstance.

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Pension Credit for blind and partially sighted pensioners

Explains what is important for claiming Pension Credit. Useful for people who are blind or partially sighted, and those that work with them.

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Pensioners Guide – England & Wales

Information guide about the range of help and advice available through central and local government for pensioners.

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Pensioners Guide – Scotland

Information guide about help and advice available from central & local government ; includes benefits and concessions

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People who fund their own care and support: A review of the literature and Research into the existing provision of information and advice

Review of a range of literature across policy, research and development, focusing on or relevant to people who fund their own care and support (‘self-funders’) who often appear to exist in a parallel universe to that occupied by people who meet

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Performance Framework for Home Improvement Agencies : monitoring and review of supporting people services

Detailed guidance on Supporting People monitoring and review requirements for Home Improvement Agencies

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Personal alarm systems and telecare

Information to help choose a personal alarm (community alarm), explaining how they can work in different situations e.g. to summon help from a carer or neighbour or from someone further afield. Includes a checklist for use when choosing which would be the

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Personal care options report

An overview of care options, intended to be combined with a bespoke care homes and/or care services listing to produce a FirstStop client ‘Care Options Report’. Contents are: 1. Thinking about moving into a care home 2. Alternatives to moving into a

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Pets As Therapy

This organisation arranges theraputic visits to hospitals, care homes and similar institutions, by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament-tested and vaccinated dogs and cats, to benefit those who can no longer keep pets, or have their pet with th

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Physical Activity & Your Heart

Information for people with heart disease or high blood pressure & their families & friends about the causes of coronary heart disease, and the importance of physical activities for the heart. Describes the most appropriate activities and advises on safet

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Pick it up. It’s yours.

Information about Pension Credit – eligibility, rates and how to apply for it.

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Planning a holiday

Suggestions on where to go to get information on holidays for older and disabled people.

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Planning Ahead: The family conversation

A report based on research designed to learn more about if and how families discuss and plan ahead for later life and the extent to which knowledge and decisions are shared between the generations.

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Planning for a Funeral

Information to help those people who have to organise someone’s funeral and/or those people who want to plan ahead for their own funeral.

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Planning for a funeral (Factsheet 27)

This factsheet discusses making arrangements in advance for your own funeral. It also identifies issues to consider when taking responsibility for arranging someone else’s funeral. It also refers to organisations you may find helpful. A form you can use t

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Planning for Retirement Housing

Good practice guide, with recommendations, for those involved in the planning and development of retirement housing

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Planning to live abroad

Many of us dream about packing up and starting a new life abroad. We have visions of a better quality of life and getting more for our money. Around 1 in 12 people of pensionable age have currently made this dream a reality and many of them never look bac

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Points to consider when moving in with family (FS25)

Explores key considerations, including the provision of social care, leisure, financial and other matters, all from the perspective of the younger generation.

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Potential for Independent Care Home Providers to Develop Extra Care Housing

Essential information for care and nursing home owners interested in developing extra care housing. Information also for local authority and health commissioners who wish to stimulate the care home sector to develop extra care models in their area. Factsh

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Prepaid funeral plans

Information about prepaid funeral plans, and advice on what to look for, and how to make a complaint about one.

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Preparing Older Peoples Strategies

Guidance on the preparation of housing strategies that link housing to health, social care, and other local strategies. Glossary of terms, Introduction to the guidance framework, Executive summary, Introduction – setting the local context, Identifying the

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Prescription for Success – How housing can make the economic case to health

Prescription for Success is a new guide which aims to transform housing associations’ offer to health, enabling them to build a robust business case to commissioners and become a crucial part of the future of the NHS. Through developing innovative comm

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Preventative Care: the Role of Sheltered / Retirement Housing

This paper by the Sussex Gerontology Network of the University of Sussex makes the case for seeing sheltered/retirement housing in the context of the ‘preventative’ agenda. Prepared as a discussion paper for their workshop in April 2006.

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Preventing Falls

Based on research, this information to help providers to reduce the risk and effect of falls in care homes, and the resources available to do this.

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Preventing Heart Disease & Stroke

Advice and information about self help to minimise the likelihood of developing heart disease and stroke.

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Preventive Approaches in Housing: An Exploration of Good Practice

The report uses a case strudy approach to look at how particular organisations have responded to the growing need for preventative services under thematic headings, draws examples of good practice and describes the main barriers to and issues around the d

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Primary research into housing options information and advice for people in later life

In October 2017, the Centre for Ageing Better (Ageing Better) entered a five-year partnership with Leeds City Council (LCC) and Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF). Together, they will pilot innovative approaches to ageing, generating new evidence that can

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Private Retirement Housing: Code of Practice

This Code of Practice and Addendum has been prepared by the Association of Retirement Housing Managers to promote best practice in the management of leasehold residential properties which are specifically designed and designated for retired older people,

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Private Retirement Housing: Code of Practice – England

The Code for England was launched on 1 June 2016 by the Government under the Leasehold, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. It aims to promote best practice in the management of leasehold retirement housing, regardless of whether the services are prov

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Private Sector Engagement with Extra Care Housing

Case Study 37 examines the approach of one housing developer in seeking to understand the extra care housing market and engage with local authority commissioners.

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Private Sector Leasing Scheme for People with Learning Difficulties in Norfolk

Case Study 33 describes the development of a private sector leasing scheme for people with learning difficulties

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Private Sector Provision of Extra Care Housing

The private sector has had an involvement in the provision of extra care housing for at least 20 years. This fact sheet is intended to help statutory authorities commissioning extra care housing and private developers work together with a better understan

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Private Tenancies – Paying Your Rent. Knowing your rights and accessing help with your rent

Information and advice about the rents that different types of private tenants or licencees should pay, and what rights they have.

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Private tenants’ rights

This factsheet provides information on rights for those living in private rented accommodation, including rights to remain in the home, the landlord’s duty to carry out repairs and how rents can be increased.

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Problems with Goods and Services : your legal rights

Explanation of the legal rights consumers may have with goods (products) and services, and how redress may be sought.

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Promoting Well-Being: Developing a Preventive Approach with Older People

The reports describes the findings of a research project which explores the ways in which local authorities and health authorities are currently developing preventive strategies and services for older people

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Property fraud information from Land Registry

An introduction to how the Land Registry is trying to help those most at risk, including empty properties of owners living in temporary accommodation such as hospital or short stay residential care.

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Property Law Reform & Retirement Housing

An overview of Scottish legislation, i.e. Abolition of the Feudal tenure (Scotland) Act 2000, The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003, & The Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 effective on 28th November 2004, and how this might affect owners of retirement hou

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Protection of Vulnerable Adults Scheme in England & Wales for care homes & domiciliary agencies: Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Health responses to frequently asked questions about the POVA scheme, to protect vulnerable adults in care homes or in receipt of domiciliary care

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Protection of Vulnerable Adults Scheme in England & Wales for Care Homes & Domiciliary Care Agencies: A Practical Guide – including changes to the requirement for Criminal Records Bureau Disclosures in certain circumstan

The Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) Scheme became operational in July 2004 with respect to services regulated under the Care Standards Act. The scheme provides for a list of people who are considered unsuitable to work with vulnerable adults. This

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Public Services for Tomorrows Older Citizens Changing Attitudes to Ageing

A statement by the ADSS, Audit Commission, Local Government Association, Better Government For Older People, Nuffield Institute, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. These organisations promote the need for a fundamental shift from focussing on prevention

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Public transport and concessions

This factsheet provides information on practical and financial assistance with public transport that may be available to people who are aged 60 or over, or those who are disabled. It includes information about community transport schemes that people with

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Putting a Stop to the Abuse of Older People

Information for everyone who may come into contact with an older person who may need help or protection. It outlines the types of abuse that can happen, where, and when – and how to obtain help.

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