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.

Take Extra care of Your Bladder

Myths & realities of bladder control, how the bladder works, types of bladder loss, what can be done to help, bladder retraining, diet & weight.

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Take extra care of Your Bones

Advice & information about bones and osteoporosis, including who is at risk, everyday idetary advice, and physical activity

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Take Extra Care of Your Diet

General information & advice about a balanced diet, and information about appropriate diets for calcium & bones, osteoporosis, arthritis, and the prevention & relief of constipation

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Take Extra Care of Your Hearing

Advice & information about hearing loss, what it means, common signs, diagnosis, causes, communication, and hearing aids

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Take Extra Care of Your Heart

Information & advice about heart disease, the causes, who is at risk, and how to minimise the risk

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Taking Extra Care of your Blood Pressure

Information and advice about blood pressure & symptoms & treatment of hypertension. Advice on lifestyle & diet to minimise risk of hypertension.

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Technology to help you at home

Technology to help you live independently at home is becoming increasingly common. It provides a convenient, discreet way to get help when you need it or to monitor your health. This factsheet looks at: Telecare – including devices such as personal alarms, smoke and temperature alarms, and sensors to detect falls Telehealth – services to […]

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Telecare Implementation Guide

A practical resource for commissioners and organisations considering development of telecare services

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Telecare Services Association

The TSA website has information on the telecare (community alarm, lifeline or careline) industry in the UK and the services it currently provides to individual users. You can search their website to find service providers in your local area.

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Tenancy Issues Surviving Partners in Extra Care Housing

The development of tenancy agreements for couples in Extra Care Housing, based on the experience of an Extra Care project in Southampton

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Tenant Management Cooperatives

Information about Tenant Management Co-operatives for council or housing association tenants

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The affordability of retirement housing

This paper on the deliberations of the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People was largely authored by Claudia Wood on behalf of the APPG, chaired by Lord Richard Best. In undertaking this inquiry, the APPG hoped to address the following questions: • What is the scale of the problem of affordability for retirement […]

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The Almshouse Association

Almshouses provide purpose-built dwellings at the centre of local communities. They are specially adapted for the comfort and welfare of elderly residents. Almshouse residents are able to remain in a village or locality of their choice, within easy reach of their relatives and friends The Almshouse Association assists trustees of almshouse charities in finding sources […]

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The ARCO Consumer Code

ARCO aims to set and maintain high standards for operators of Retirement Communities in the UK. The ARCO Consumer Code was launched in 2015, and updated in 2017, to provide a benchmark for good practice within the housing-with-care sector. The Code applies to Retirement Communities in the UK that have been registered with ARCO by […]

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The Atching Brief noninstructed advocacy

A guiding set of values used by ASIST that can approach non-instructed advocacy, I.e. a policy for offering advocacy to people who do not have a system of communication that is recognised by the advocate

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The Big Picture older people

Research & evaluation drawn together from the Housing Corporations Innovation & Good Practice projects about older people. This was written to inform the Corporations Housing for Older People policy, and gives pointers for future development of housing for older people and particularly for BME elders. Appropriate communication and need to involve elders are key points.

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The Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you’re disabled. This page on the Government website provides information about the scheme in each country of the UK.

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The Blue Cross website

Website of The Blue Cross, the pets charity. They offer to find homes for pets, offer a Pet Bereavement Support Service, & veterinary treatment for pet owners on means tested benefits or low incomes.

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The Care Commission website

This is the website for the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (The Care Commission), which is a national organisation set up under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001to regulate and inspect Scottish Care Services

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The Challenges of Providing Extra Care Housing to People with Dementia

“Viewpoint” publication by the Housing LIN, adapted from a presentation given by Sue Garwood of Hanover HA in July 2004. It examines the feasibility of Extra Care housing being able to provide a service to people with dementia, and provides a checklist for dementia-friendly design.

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The Cinnamon Trust

The Cinnamon Trust provides practical help on day-to-day care of pets and fostering and long term care for pets whose owners have moved to residential accommodation. They have a national register of care homes and sheltered housing schemes that will accept residents and their pets.

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The Cohousing Approach to Lifetime Neighbourhoods

This Housing LIN Factsheet No.29 considers how local authorities can work with public and private sector partners to develop a cohousing approach towards the outcomes sought from the government’s national strategy on housing for an ageing society. Read more about cohousing on these websites: Housing LIN: http://www.housinglin.org.uk UK Cohousing Network: http://www.cohousing.org.uk Age UK: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/housing-choices/living-together-in-a-cohousing-community

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The collaborative home improvement agency

A guide for providers on how services that keep people warm, safe and secure in their own home will be commissioned and delivered in the future. It offers an updated vision for the HIA sector, and is aimed primarily at providers. However it will also inform commissioners and policy makers in local government, health and […]

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The commission its work with people who use social services

Information about the role of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), and what it will mean to people who use social services

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The Future Home Improvement Agency Handyperson services report

Sets out the benefits of handyperson services, provides practical guidance on commissioning such services, and gives home improvement agencies examples of different arrangements for operating services.

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The Future Home Improvement Agency Supporting choice and maintaining independence A report overview

Gives an overview of the key findings of the Future HIA project carried out by Foundations on behalf of Communities and Local Government (CLG). The Future HIA project aimed to set out a broad agenda for the evolution of the HIA sector to its next level. It highlights what is already being done well by […]

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The Generation Project A sure start for older people in Manchester

Case Study 22 draws on the work of Manchester Care & Repair and makes the link with work on social inclusion and involving older people in the regeneration of areas of Manchester.

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The home buyers sellers guide to the Home Information Pack

An explanation of the government’s proposal to introduce a mandatory Home Information Pack, which will require all sellers of residential accommodation (except commercial) to have a set of documents to provide buyers and sellers with key information about the property they may wish to buy. Documents will include Land Registry searches, copies of deeds to […]

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The housing and support needs of older people with visual impairment

Findings of research commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust, who engaged researchers from University College London and Bristol University to examine the housing and support needs of 400 people aged 55 years plus. Findings included little professional recognition of the emotional consequences, social isolation, and poor knowledge of services available.

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The Housing Corporations definitions of Housing Association supported housing and housing for older people

The purpose of the definitions is to enable housing associations to categorise their housing for rent as either general needs housing, supported housing or housing for older people within the Housing Corporation’s regulatory, data collection (accounts, RSR, CORE) and investment systems.

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The Irish in Britain

Findings of research, commissioned by the CRE, into the extent of discrimination faced by Irish people living in Britain. It includes recommendations for action.

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The LastTime Buyer housing and finance for an ageing society

Housing policy is too concentrated on first-time buyers and should be refocused towards ‘last-time buyers’ to encourage those aged 55+ to downsize, according to a new report for the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI). The report, by Professor Les Mayhew, of Cass Business School, also highlights the role of the financial services […]

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The Law the Duty You

A guide for public employees about the Race Relations Act and the duty to promote racial equality

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The Marketing of Extra Housing Schemes

This Housing LIN Practice briefing provides an overview of how specialist Extra Care Housing marketing services can ensure customer service standards, early capital receipts, reduced development interest and low commercial risk. It builds on the Housing LIN report, Marketing Extra Care Housing (2009), to help identify the feasibility of developing Extra Care Housing.

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The missing link helping older people with small home repairs and adaptations

Paying for small home repairs, getting help with adaptations, finding a trustworthy builder… these are real worries for a growing number of older people. So how can affordable, practical housing help be made available to older people wherever they live?

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The needs of older women services for victims of elder abuse and other abuse

Summary report on the findings of a research project about women who had been victims of elder abuse.

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The numbers game black and minority ethnic eldersand sheltered accommodation

This report seeks to find out why so few black and minority ethnic elders are using sheltered housing. It identifies various barriers which go some way to explaining this state of affairs, including hostility from residents and staff, lack of consultation and encouragement from providers, ignorance of black elders’ language, customs preferences and concerns, location […]

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The Older Population

Analysis of population statistics and trends regarding older people, specifically looking at the retired population in the United Kingdom, Income, Housing & Health.

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The Park Homes Guide

A guide to buying, living in, and selling a Park Home

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The Pension Credit questions and answers

A summary of the main features of Pensions Credit, which was introduced on October 2003. It covers the 2 parts, I.e. Guarantee credit, and Savings credit

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The RightSize Report Mapping the supply and demand of Britains retirement housing in 2017 and beyond

The UK’s lack of attractive retirement housing is forcing older people to stay put in their own homes, despite 4.6 million over-60s saying they’d like to move into specialist developments that better meet their needs and aspirations. The Right-Size Report maps the supply and demand of retirement housing across England and Wales as it exists […]

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The Social Fund

This explains that the Social Fund is for people on low incomes, and can give grants or loans to help obtain important essential things, like heating costs, funerals, household items, clothing & footware, urgent safety costs.

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The Social Fund Advances of Benefit and Local Welfare Provision Factsheet 49

The Social Fund is a scheme to help people with expenses that are difficult to meet from a low income. It covers Funeral Payments, Cold Weather Payments, Winter Fuel Payments and Sure Start Maternity Grants. Advances of Benefit are a form of payment on account of benefit that replaced the discretionary Social Fund from April […]

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The State Pension

This factsheet explains what the State Pension is, who is eligible for it, and how much you can expect to get. Big changes to the State Pension were introduced in April 2016, so make sure you know if and how these will affect you.

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The value of financial advice

This report demonstrates the very real value of fi nancial advice for the consumer. Using robust statistical methods to control for a range of factors likely to determine demand for advice – including income, wealth and behavioural traits – our results show that those who take advice are likely to accumulate more financial and pension […]

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The whole of me

This resource pack is about meeting the needs of older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals living in care homes and extra care housing. The pack sets out clearly the type of support that older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals might need and encourages managers and staff to think about their own attitudes and approaches. It […]

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The Whole of Me Meeting the needs of older lesbians gay men and bisexuals living in care homes and extra care housing

This publication is primarily aimed at professionals working in care homes and extra care housing. It explains how to recognise and respond to everyones’s needs, and sets out clearly the type of support that lesbians, gay men and bisexual people may need.

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Thinking about a move Think about extra care sheltered

Information for people thinking about moving to extra care sheltered housing

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Thinking about buying a home

A guide to the main costs, and sources of help

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Thinking about Money

Advice on how to assess your financial situation, prepare a balanced personal budget & how this can be used to help manage your money.

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Thinking Ahead housing and related care options in later life

– Help with making appropriate housing choices together – What help is available if you decide it is best for the person you care for to stay at home including: – What can help to support people to live independently – How to make the home safe and healthy – Living at home with a […]

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Thinking Ahead Housing Care Related Finance in Later Life

This workbook is intended as a “teach yourself” resource for older people, their families, carers or professionals who would like a basic knowledge of housing & care options in later life. Home is important. It is where we spend most of our time, particularly as we get older. Home can hold lots of memories for […]

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Thinking Ahead Housing Care Related Finance in Later Life

Silverlinks have developed a new “teach yourself” booklet which you can work through online in your own time. It will help you to understand what housing & care options may be available to you in later life, and include practical activities and checklists for people who want to start thinking ahead.

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Too little too late Housing for an ageing population

CASS Business School, the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and ARCO are delighted to launch their joint research report conducted by Professor Les Mayhew. The report examines the current lack of housing for older people in the UK – including Retirement Communities and how to maximise the benefits the sector delivers to […]

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Towards 2000 Designing Housing for Frail Elderly People

A report of a Royal Institure of British Arrchitects ideas competition commissioned by Anchor Housing Association

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Training Development investing time resources to improve the effectiveness of your staff

Good practice guide about training & development of staff for Home Improvement Agencies. Covers the need to identify needs, plan and prioritise training, monitor the activities, and evaluate the effectiveness of training.

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Transforming adult social care access to information advice and advocacy

Models and recommendations for the development of information, advice and advocacy services

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Transforming services for older people floating support Broadacres Housing Association Older Persons Floating Support

Case Study 25 considers how one housing association has shifted from a traditional warden service attached to sheltered housing schemes to a floating support service. The floating support service covers the associations sheltered housing schemes as well as being available to older people in the wider community irrespective of their tenure.

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Type 2 Diabetes

Explanation of the cause and effect of mature-onset sugar diabetes, treatment, and self help

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Types of Insurance Policy which covers volunteers

The kinds of insurance that can be used to cover volunteers

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