Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes (Video)

With the number of older people in the UK is set to rise and more people living longer than ever before, it is important to make sure that care homes provide excellent care and support. Currently they still do not offer care that is focussed on an individual’s needs.

NICE produced a quality standard on the mental wellbeing of older people in care homes in December 2013. It describes how services should be configured to make sure people in care homes received excellent care and support which addresses loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people.

To support the NICE quality standard, the NICE collaborating centre for social care commissioned a film with contributions from organisations across the health and social care sector, older people resident at the Royal Chelsea Hospital infirmary and members of TLAP’s National Coproduction Advisory Group.

The film features a roundtable discussion which took place in March at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where six of the quality statements were discussed. The quality standard has recommendations that include offering older people help to maintain and develop their personal identity, and offering meaningful activities to promote health and mental wellbeing.

There are interviews with Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector for Social Care at the Care Quality Commission and Finbarr Martin, a Non-Executive Director at NICE. The interviews highlight the importance of the quality standard and how it is used to inform the Care Quality Commission’s Inspection framework.

Source: http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/News/PersonalisationNewsItem/?cid=10177

Video: http://content.jwplatform.com/previews/q7QgnHym-BoH435e0

GP services for older people: a guide for care home managers

GP services for older people a guide for care home managers from SCIE.

The health and wellbeing of older people in care homes depends on them accessing GP services in a timely way. Effective joint working between GP and care home management, the involvement of residents and their relatives and the engagement of care staff are factors that can affect the outcome and lead to quality improvements.

This guide is primarily written for managers and senior staff of care homes but it has also been written with GPs in mind, as well as members of clinical commissioning groups and joint health and wellbeing boards.

More information: http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/guides/guide52

NICE: Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes

NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This NICE quality standard covers the mental wellbeing of older people (65 years and over) receiving care in all care home settings, including residential and nursing accommodation, day care and respite care. This quality standard uses a broad definition of mental wellbeing, and includes elements that are key to optimum functioning and independence, such as life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support.

More information: http://publications.nice.org.uk/mental-wellbeing-of-older-people-in-care-homes-qs50

Older people wellbeing and participation

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This older people wellbeing and participation handbook and video was created by Age UK Brighton and the University of Brighton.  It focuses on two main topics: supporting people in situations that involve them having to make difficult decisions, and caring relationships in which older people are adjusting to changes in the way they can both give and receive care from others.

There is a series of videos that can be used in conjunction with the handbook.

Click here to view the handbook and videos.

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