SCIE Annual Review 2010-11

SCIE’s support for older people’s services

Our mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia. We found SCIE’s Dementia Gateway website, which could not have been more helpful. It explained everything she was going through and answered all of our questions. As a result we felt more confident in providing her with the right care in her final days and she died peacefully in her own home.

Yvonne Mitchell, carer

Supporting older people

Older people are the largest group of people using adult social care services. Care and support for older people should be dignified and personalised, whether this is provided at home or in a residential service.

SCIE’s resources supporting good practice in older people’s services this year included material about reducing the use of antipsychotics for dementia on our Dementia Gateway.

Another SCIE dementia product, the Open Dementia Programme e-learning resource won second prize at the Jorum Learning and Teaching competition in October 2010.

Our report and At a glance briefing Keeping personal budgets personal looked at evidence of how older people are using personal budgets and what could improve their experiences of choosing and purchasing their own care and support.

Our recent research briefing Social isolation linked to our work on prevention, by presenting research on what causes isolation and what can be done to reduce loneliness and increase wellbeing for older people. This in turn can reduce hospital admissions and keep people in their own homes for longer.