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Local government efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic among older adults

Journal of Aging and Social Policy

As the coronavirus crisis spreads swiftly through the population, it takes a particularly heavy toll on minority individuals and older adults, with older minority adults at especially high risk. Given the shockingly high rates of infections and deaths in nursing homes, staying in the community appears to be a good option for older adults in this crisis, but in order for some older adults to do so much assistance is required. This situation draws attention to the need for benevolent intervention on the part of the state should older adults become ill or lose their sources of income and support during the crisis. This essay provides a brief overview of public support and the financial and health benefits for older individuals who remain in the community during the pandemic. It reports the case example of Austin, Texas, a city with a rapidly aging and diverse population of almost a million residents, to ask how we can assess the success of municipalities in responding to the changing needs of older adults in the community due to COVID-19. It concludes with a discussion of what governmental and non-governmental leadership can accomplish in situations such as that brought about by the current crisis.

Last updated on hub: 31 August 2020

Local responses on supporting care leavers during COVID-19

Department for Education

This document looks at how local authorities are responding to the additional challenges they are facing in supporting care leavers during COVID-19. It sets out key issues and provides examples of local practice identified through consultations with the Department of Education's independent National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers. Some of the examples were gathered before the Department published operational guidance for Children’s Social Services and before the Education Secretary’s announcement of support for care leavers on 19 April. Issues identified included: loneliness; financial and practical support; accommodation; and providing support to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Lockdown learnings

My Home Life

A visual mindmap sharing the reflections of care homes staff on their experience of the pandemic and lockdown. The thoughts of 12 care home managers and activity coordinators from the Care Home Friends and Neighbours North West London project were gathered by My Home Life England during online and telephone interviews in the summer of 2020. Staff were asked to reflect on ‘what they could be proud of’ in terms of how their care homes managed during the challenging months of lockdown due to COVID-19. The learnings focus on: preparing for increased role in end of life and supporting bereaved families; maintaining connections between team members; maintaining relationships between residents and relatives; and maintaining and developing community connections.

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

Lockdown lessons: what 2020 has to teach us about the difficult weeks ahead

Resolution Foundation

This briefing focuses on the experience of the first Covid-19 lockdown, and what it can teach us about what is to come. Some of the lessons identified are for policy makers, but others are for employers and workers, parents and friends trying to manage through these challenging times. The five lessons are: the inequality of the first lockdown was not just about who saw their work dry up – it was also about the very different lived experience of staying at home; school closures are tough on children, both in the short- and long-term; low-income families often have to spend more in lockdown; mums pay an especially heavy price for school closures – women were almost twice as likely to cut hours of work to care for children than men when schools were closed; many families are entering this lockdown with lower reserves – those with the lowest savings were most likely to draw down on their reserves for everyday costs during the pandemic. The briefing argues that policy needs to respond to this reality, not least by maintaining financial support and scrapping plans to reduce benefits by £1,000 per year in April.

Last updated on hub: 20 January 2021

Lockdown loneliness and anxiety across the generations

The Nuffield Trust

An examination of the impact of lockdown on emotional wellbeing and mental health, by age group, finding that young people tended to fare worse.

Last updated on hub: 19 October 2020

Lockdown, lifelines and the long haul ahead: the impact of Covid-19 on food banks in the Trussell Trust network

The Trussell Trust

Findings from a research project exploring the impact of Covid-19 on food banks in the Trussell Trust network. The data shows that when the pandemic first hit, there was a significant increase in the number of people receiving support from a food bank in the network for the first time – over 50% of people using food banks at the start of the pandemic had never needed one before. In April there was an 89% increase in the number of emergency food parcels given out compared with the same month in 2019. This included a 107% increase in the number of parcels given to children, compared to the same period last year. The study forecasts that there is likely to be a significant rise in levels of destitution in the UK by the end of the year, and at least an extra 300,000 emergency food parcels are likely to be distributed by food banks in the Trussell Trust network in the last quarter of 2020 – an increase of 61% compared to the previous year. The modelling shows that – depending on factors like the strength of the economy and a second wave of Covid-19 – levels of need could be even higher. As a priority, the report calls for the Government to: protect people’s incomes by locking in the £20 uplift to Universal Credit; help people hold on to more of their benefits by suspending benefit debt deductions until a fairer approach to repayments can be introduced; and make local safety nets as strong as possible by investing £250m in local welfare assistance in England every year.

Last updated on hub: 30 September 2020

Lockdown. Rundown. Breakdown. The COVID-19 lockdown and the impact of poor-quality housing on occupants in the North of England

Northern Housing Consortium

This report has been produced to document the experiences of households living in poor-quality, ‘non-decent’ accommodation in the UK – with a specific focus on households in the North of England – during the height of the UK lockdown. It draws on rapidly produced primary research undertaken between May and July 2020. It involved semi-structured interviews with 40 residents from privately rented housing, ten residents from owner-occupied housing and eight key actors/professionals. The study also used a short survey to capture the views and experiences of people who preferred not to be interviewed. The findings reveal that: households were living with longstanding repair and quality issues – lockdown had ultimately worsened such conditions and impaired people’s ability to live with those conditions; many longstanding repair and quality issues were described as worsening throughout lockdown because social distancing measures prohibited contractors from entering the home; renters were having to draw on their own incomes, savings and credit to cope with the costs associated with their poor conditions, which further entrenched people in the private rented sector; the vast majority of renters had not considered the possibility of asking landlords for rent reductions when questioned during interviews; private renters were under-reporting the repairs that were needed to their homes; overcrowding was an issue most households were experiencing, with entire households living, working and spending time in the same housing space; conversely, people who lived by themselves discussed feeling isolated and lonely in the weeks when contact with family and friends was restricted to online video call facilities. There is an opportunity to learn from the first few months of the COVID-19 lockdown and take urgent action for the short, medium and long term to ensure that the housing crisis, which has been so frequently identified, does not lead to systemic or personal breakdown.

Last updated on hub: 10 November 2020

Lockdown. Rundown. Breakdown. The COVID-19 lockdown and the impact of poor-quality housing on occupants in the North of England. Policy briefing

Northern Housing Consortium

This report looks at the impact living in poor-quality accommodation had on Northern households during the pandemic. The study highlights the following five main impacts: existing poor conditions are worsening, leading to longer-periods living in non-decent accommodation; renters are under-reporting repair issues and concerns out of fear of eviction and rent increases; there is likely to be a backlog of major repairs to deal with over the coming months; there is an increase in energy use, due to more people spending more time at home – these costs are causing increased anxiety to a wider range of households; households feel financially insecure and renters feel insecure in their tenancies. The report calls for urgent action this winter and longer-term policy responses to ensure that the condition of and access to existing homes is treated as a priority equal to the importance of the supply of new homes.

Last updated on hub: 10 November 2020

Lockdown’s side effect: mental health deterioration of people affected by dementia, with third ‘giving up’

Alzheimer's Society

Sets out findings from a survey of around 2,000 people affected by dementia revealing the devastating impact coronavirus has had on their mental health, with a third living with dementia reporting apathy or a sense of ‘giving up’. Nearly half of respondents said that lockdown has had a ‘negative impact’ on their mental health. Around half of unpaid carers also reported that loved ones with the condition have experienced stress, anxiety or depression.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Loneliness and isolation in long-term care and the COVID-19 pandemic

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

Editorial. In all countries affected by COVID-19, the message that is being sent by government officials and medical experts is “stay at home” and “isolate in place.” The isolation is especially difficult for people living in nursing homes and assisted living communities. This article provides some easy to implement ideas, with little or no cost or hiring additional staff, and can decrease the loneliness of residents in nursing homes or assisted living communities The article concludes that preventing loneliness in institutionalized persons is at least as important as helping them with personal hygiene. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic when residents must be protected from contact with other individuals to reduce the risk of infection. Implementation of some of the strategies listed in this article requires education of staff members and supply of required items; however, this effort can significantly improve the quality of life of residents affected by pandemic restrictions.

Last updated on hub: 21 August 2020