The Elders Council has always advocated that housing, health and social care services should work more closely together. So in Autumn 2017 we brought our own activities together and formed a new group which meets quarterly.Here is a flavour of the wide range of activities we are currently involved in:
Lived experiences of home adaptations: We participated in research about people’s experiences of home adaptations led by Northumbria University for the Centre for Ageing Better. The report -Homes that Help: a personal and professional perspective on home adaptations - is now available on the Centre for Ageing Better website https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/publications/homes-that-help. We hope that the recommendations will lead to improvements to the ways in which people access home adaptations.
Doorbells - Dreaming for the Future: Elders Council has been working with Care and Repair England, Northumbria University and Skimstone Arts to try out a different way of having conversations with people about how and where they want to live in later life. In March 2018 we held a performance of 'Doorbells - Dreaming for the Future' a sensitive, humorous and moving piece which explores these issues. The performance was followed by a post-show discussion which generated lively debate. A film of the performance is now available here. A report on this work is available in the Reports Section of this website together with a resource pack. We are planning to hold screenings of the film as well as live performances in different parts of the city in 2019.
Future Homes: Elders Council continues to be involved in the Future Homes project and has committed to being one of the partners in a newly formed Community Interest Company, which will take forward the learning from Future Homes. Click here for further information.
Urgent Care: Elders Council took the opportunity to hold a focus group on the use of current urgent care services. The government is planning changes to urgent and emergency care services. The demand for these services is growing and it can be confusing for the public to know which service is the most appropriate one to access. We don’t yet know what changes there will be but we will let you know when we get feedback from our report. You can see a copy of our report here.
Home Care: Following on from the consultation we undertook in 2015/16, we continue to receive feedback on members’ experiences of home care services. We also conducted an informal investigation into different models of home care to see what we can learn from elsewhere. A report of our findings 'Getting by with a little help' is available in the Reports Section of this website
Look out in the newsletter and e bulletin for opportunities to join in this work, either through participating in one-off events or by joining the quarterly meeting.
Organisations across the city are offering a wide range of different activities during the month of October. Keep checking Information NOW and the Elders Council website and facebook page for updates on the activities on offer. Here is just a flavour:
1st October you can spend the morning at Newcastle Eagles taking part in the Golden Games and in the afternoon you can enjoy a visit to Dippy the Dinosaur at Great North Museum and hear from the curator.
On 5th October, you can be inspired at Dance City at Inspire Platform where different groups of older dancers will perform.
On 9th October you have a date with the Elders Council and WEA's Active Voices group who will be parading their banners and songs from Grainger Market to Space 2. John Grundy will be joining us to celebrate.
Or you can enjoy a performance of Chamber Music at Sage Gateshead on 16th October when the Royal Northern Sinfonia are putting on a dementia-friendly performance of Elgar and Mozart.
And there is plenty more to come ....
To keep up to date, look up www.informationnow.org.uk/article/ageing-with-style and look at the Elders Council's Facebook page.