Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 4 December 2017

Opportunities for Action


Dementia 2020 – The Next Phase

GovConnect has announced a major conference on Dementia 2020, an opportunity to consider progress of the Implementation Plan up to 2018 and to assess whether it has achieved the actions included as it moves into phase two. This conference will allow participants to hear from senior leaders from many of the key partner organisations involved in the 2020 Challenge.

  • Date and time: 17th April 2018
  • Venue: Royal Society of Medicine

Full details of the conference can be found on the GovConnect Website.


For Information


The Cost of Care

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its final findings following an extensive review of whether the residential care homes sector is working well for older people and their families.   The CMA’s financial analysis of the sector has identified a funding shortfall of £1 billion a year across the UK because councils are paying fee rates for the residents they fund which are below the costs care homes incur. This has led to care homes propping up their finances by charging higher prices to those who pay for their own care (self-funders). On average, self-funders’ fees (£44,000 per year) are around 40% higher than those paid by councils.   For more, see the BBC News report and the CMA press release.

Minor changes to housing for older people could bring massive benefits

new report from the Centre for Ageing Better finds that making small changes to older people’s homes, such as installing handrails, ramps and level-access showers, alongside carrying out simple home repairs, could play a significant role in relieving pressure on the NHS and social care and reduce costs by millions of pounds each year.For more, visit the Ageing Better website.


Newcastle Elders Council

The Newcastle Elders Council has published its November e-bulletin and latest quarterly newsletter.


Bristol Older People’s Forum

The Bristol Older People’s Forum has published its Winter 2017 newsletter.


Discussing and Planning Medicines Support

The latest quick guide from NICE and SCIE is a practical resource for managers of home care services that provide medicines support. It  is based on the NICE guideline on managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community. The guide covers discussing, planning and reviewing medicines support and provides advice on developing a medicines policy. It will be useful in training and will also help services to achieve the QCQ’s requirement for proper and safe medicines management.
You can see the guide here: Discussing and planning medicines support


Correction – Carer’s Inquiry

In last week’s newsletter we  incorrectly stated that DWP had launched an inquiry into the support that carers receive in relation to employment: whether carers are supported adequately by the DWP, how the DWP can work more proactively with employers to support carers, whether mandatory carers policy statements would be a good idea, how barriers to employment for carers can be reduced and whether a ‘cultural shift’ is needed in attitudes towards carers in employment.
We apologise for the error and should make clear that the inquiry is by the Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, which is asking for written submissions from interested parties by 22 December 2017.
For the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry click here.


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