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 are in the final stages of the research about people’s experiences of home adaptations led by Northumbria University for the Centre for Ageing Better. The report will be available shortly and we hope that the recommendations will lead to improvements to the ways in which people access home adaptations.
Doorbells: We are 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. We will be putting on a performance of Doorbells - a sensitive, humorous and moving piece which explores these issues. We are planning to develop a film and resource pack which can be used in different settings to spark conversations. Click here for further information.
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 are also conducting an informal investigation into different models of home care to see what we can learn from elsewhere. If you know of interesting models of care, please let us know.
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.
As older people, we know that social care is in urgent need of reform with fewer people getting the help they might need to remain independent at home. A group of Elders Council members set out to explore alternative models of care and support. Their findings are available in a report in the Reports section of the website. Elders Council is now discussing the findings with Newcastle City Council and others in the hope that more innovative models of care will be offered in the city.