Results for 'social isolation'
This report for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network explores the likely impact of housing with care in helping to limit social isolation and loneliness from being an integral part of the ageing experience. The report questions the ways in which living in extra care housing could reduce or lower the risk of social isolation, and how this could in turn translate to lower dependency on state services. The report also presents case studies that outline the mechanisms through which living in extra care housing reduces the risk of social isolation. It begins through reviewing current government standpoints on social isolation and loneliness.
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Voluntary Action Rotherham, on behalf of NHS Rotherham CCG, co-ordinates a social prescribing scheme which links patients with long term conditions in primary care and their carers with sources of non-medical support in their community. By connecting people with a range of voluntary and community sector-led interventions, such as exercise/mobility activities, community transport, befriending and peer mentoring, art and craft sessions, carer’s respite, (to name a few), the scheme aims to lead to improved social and clinical outcomes for people with long-term conditions and their carers; more cost-effective use of NHS and social care resources and to the development of a wider, more diverse range of local community services.
Age UK Coventry
Age UK Coventry runs a Dementia Friendship Scheme for older people with early stage dementia, which aims to support people who live alone to maintain a hobby, or activity within their local community.
Bristol City Council
LinkAge is a local charity that works with people aged 55 and over and local communities to facilitate inspiring social activities that enrich lives, reduce isolation and loneliness and promote active participation and positive ageing. LinkAge works through community hubs, each of which has a local Advisory Group of people aged over 55 who decide on what activities to develop, informed by feedback from the wider community at open days and wellbeing days where people can contribute their ideas and suggestions. LinkAge will provide support in getting new groups off the ground, negotiatingdeals on venues etc, but aims for activities to become self-sustaining with participants taking on organisation and contributing to costs.
Gloucestershire County Council
Village and Community Agents are trusted members of Gloucestershire rural communities who provide face-to-face information, signposting and support to local disadvantaged and isolated people, including older people (aged 50 and over) and adults aged over 18 affected by cancer, enabling them to make informed decisions about their own wellbeing. There is an emphasis upon providing community-based solutions and on promoting independence among its older clients.
Brighton & Hove City Council
A twice-monthly group designed to support male adults in Brighton and Home who are caring for a partner, relative or friend, through coffee mornings and self-determined social activities, provided free of charge. One-to-one support is also provided by the Carers’ Centre and all activities are organised to fit around caring responsibilities and accessibility needs.
Devon County Council
Time for Life (TfL) is a free community enabling service available to older adults aged 65 and over across Devon who have become socially isolated and/ or excluded as a result of bereavement, illness, disability, carer responsibility– or a range of factors unique to their situation. It aims to support individuals to regain confidence through meaningful social activities, re-engage with the community (or engage with a new one after relocation) and build up the independent living skills to prevent isolation in the future.
This report raises concerns that loneliness and social isolation among older people is becoming a serious public health issue. It draws on the views of experts and research evidence to set out a new framework for understanding and tackling loneliness in older people. The approach is based around three key challenges: reaching individuals; understanding the specific circumstances of an individual's loneliness; and supporting individuals to take up services that would help. Sections of the report cover: the foundation services (reaching, understanding and supporting individuals); the types of intervention that are most likely to meet older people's need for social contact; how technology and transport can facilitate social connection; and 'structural enablers' focusing on how services are delivered (i.e., at neighbourhood level, community development, volunteering, and age positive approaches). It also highlights areas where a greater understanding of how to address loneliness within the older community is needed: within care settings; in black and minority ethnic groups; and with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans older people. Case studies are used throughout to demonstrate the variety of solutions needed to address a very personal and individual problem. Includes specific recommendations for service providers, commissioners and those involved with search.
This Insight looks specifically at the prevention of isolation and loneliness amongst older people, with a particular focus on what practitioners in the fields of health and social care should bear in mind when working to tackle this important and growing issue. It highlights the findings from past research and and evidence about what works, summarises the key characteristics of successful interventions, looks at how they relate to the prevention agenda, and the particular role health and social care professionals can play.
Buckinghamshire County Council
Prevention Matters is a multi-component service model which aims to provide free advice and services to all adults with low to moderate support needs (which in the main currently fall below the eligibility criteria for adult social care), before personal health or social problems become critical. The four components aim to reduce and prevent social isolation and other social difficulties, develop community capacity, improve and promote the importance of volunteering , maximise the effectiveness of public resources and gather intelligence in order to provide an evidence base for further preventative work and how best to target resources in the future.