Age UK’s response to the High Court decision on discharges into care homes

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, has written a blog on the recent High Court ruling concerning the Government’s decision to discharge older people from hospitals into care homes in spring 2020.

Issued on 27 April, the recent High Court ruling concerning the Government’s decision to discharge older people from hospitals into care homes in spring 2020 was an important moment, says Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK. But what did it signify and what must happen next? You can read the full blog from Caroline here.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Event – 8th June 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which will focus on the Health and Care Bill. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The NHS was set up as a single organisation in 1948 – numerous bureaucracies, but one organisation, one family. From 1990, collaboration was stopped and competition began.

We now have an Act of Parliament, the Health and Care Bill which has received Royal Assent, enacting the most significant health legislation in a decade into law. Integrated systems were deemed essential, with their four purposes outlined:

  1. Improving population health and healthcare;
  2. Tackling unequal outcomes and access;
  3. Enhancing productivity and value for money; and
  4. Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

This marks a milestone in the recovery and reform of how health and care services work together. The Live Longer Better programme was designed on these principles, recognising that activity: physical, cognitive and emotional, is an essential part of population health management and MUST be integral to improving community health and longevity.

This Live Longer Better National Event takes a consultative approach with National Clinical Directors.

Register for this event to find out their barriers and hurdles, understand how physical activity can help them quantify the benefits of overcoming these problems and support delivery on their key objectives.

Our LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 7 events with cross sector representation. Delegates confirmed that the events “fully met their expectations”.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event – 23rd March 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 23rd March from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which is titled “The Longevity Revolution”. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 23rd March from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The number of older people is increasing, both in absolute terms and relative to the numbers of young people. This is often portrayed as a major problem but our understanding of the science of what is happening to us as we live longer is getting clearer, and the evidence about what can be done to prevent, delay, slow or even reverse conditions such as frailty, dementia and dependence is getting stronger.

Live Longer Better aim to:

  • Refocus the lens on population ageing to healthy longevity
  • Focus on reconditioning rather than deconditioning
  • Prescribe activity with, and sometimes instead of, drug prescriptions
  • Recognise that physical activity professionals are agents of change as catalysts for action within complex systems.

Expert Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Sir Muir Gray                               
  • Jamie Blackshaw (Office for Health Improvement and Disparities)
  • Anant Jani (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Jenni Jones (National University of Ireland)
  • Dr Marlize de Vivo (Active Medicine)
  • Lisa Wood (Active Partnership – Wesport)

We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations from speakers around the Live Longer Better work, inspired by Sir Muir Gray in collaboration with Active Partnerships.

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 1,800 delegates have attended our last five events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations. Register for this event now to secure your place!

Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 26th January from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 26th January from 10.00 – 11.30. Speakers include Dr Lis Boulton, Health and Care Policy Manager at Age UK. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

We now understand better the on-going detrimental impact of the Covid pandemic and the preventable deterioration on the health of many of our older population, notably the evidence that people can take action to prevent and reduce many of the problems that have hitherto been regarded as immutable effects of the biological process of ageing. This will significantly reduce pressure on our health and care systems.

The Government’s recent Adult Social Care Reform White Paper (December 2021) sets out an ambitious 10-year plan to transform support and care in England, putting People at the Heart of Care, by giving them choice, control, and support to live independent lives. Live Longer Better promotes early intervention which will help to reduce the pressures and associated costs on our Health and Care systems, by supporting people’s independence and allowing real choice.  

Join us at the next national event to understand how Live Longer Better’s 2022 New Year’s Revolution aims to reduce the need for Health and Social Care for our older population, by preventing, delaying, slowing and reversing frailty and dementia, by increasing activity – physical, cognitive and emotional.  

Live Longer Better aims to do this through the 3 Rs:

  • Recovery from the deconditioning effects of lockdown and Covid
  • Rejuvenation, regaining the fitness and ability lost in your last ten years
  • Reimagining your future and thinking positive, for example about increasing Brain Health as well as reducing the risk of dementia

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – nearly 1,500 delegates have attended our last five events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.  Register for this event now to secure your place!

Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Webinar: “Reducing the need for Health and Social Care”

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better webinar on Wednesday 6th October at 10am.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better national webinar titled: “Reducing the need for Health and Social Care – How Live Longer Better can do it!“. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 6th October from 10.00 – 11.30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The effects of the Covid pandemic and lockdown have had substantial impact on the health of our older population and there are more people less active than ever before.  The result will be an imminent spike in the need for health and social care which will significantly increase the pressures on our primary, acute healthcare services and social services. For every additional year of healthy life expectancy, estimates show that the need for Health and Social Care can be reduced by £45 million a year.

The Live Longer Better revolution aims to reduce disability, dementia and frailty by enabling older people to become more active, physically and mentally. It is now accelerating its drive to take radical action to reframe, re-enable and re-invigorate a whole systems approach to support our ageing society become more physically active, more independent and fundamentally improve their quality of life.  

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – nearly 1,000 delegates attending the last 4 events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.

The Programme will include Public Health England, Centre for Ageing Better and of course Sir Muir Gray.  Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event. 

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health.  We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Webinar: ‘The Great Escape”

Local Age UKs are invited to attend the fourth Live Longer Better webinar on Wednesday 7th July at 10am.

As the National Live Longer Better Revolution gathers pace, we are pleased to announce that registration is open for the next Live Longer Better webinar. Live Longer Better: ‘The Great Escape” will take place on Wednesday 7th July 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The first three events in the series raised awareness of Live Longer Better and promoted partnership working. They proved extremely popular, with over 680 delegates attending the events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners. Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events met their expectations.

We are now very pleased to announce our next national event: ‘Live Longer Better: The Great Escape’ on Wednesday 7th July at 10.00 – 11.30am.

Programme includes:

  • Sir Muir Gray – Live Longer Better: The Great Escape
  • An update from Age UK on their latest research which highlights ‘The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on older people: one year on’
  • Insight around effective strength messaging for inactive and fairly active people living with long-term conditions
  • How the EFL Trust are supporting older people through the development of Community Hubs
  • Enhancing physical, mental and emotional wellbeing in older people through the Oomph programme

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

DHSC Care Home Visiting Guidance

The Department of Health and Social Care has posted new guidance for care home visiting which you can view here.

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a new summary of guidance for care home visiting which you can view here. This guidance covers: single named visitors; essential care givers; advice for staff; and general visiting guidance. Age UK’s website has also been updated with this information, which you can view here.

Joint statement for action on Care Home Visiting

Age UK is working to ensure all care home residents can enjoy meaningful visits by March 1st 2021. Find out all the details.

Age UK is calling on the Government to work with care home providers to ensure all care home residents can enjoy meaningful visits by March 1st 2021. It has been almost a year since many residents last saw or touched their loved ones, and the absence of meaningful indoor visiting is failing to recognise the fundamental role that these relationships and visits play in a residents’ wellbeing.

Essential caregivers should be recognised as central to the person’s care; enabled to provide the support crucial to the health and well-being of their loved one; and provided with relevant PPE and testing in line with the safety measures applied to care home staff. We believe that through the use of individual assessments, care homes should balance the risk of harm from the virus, with the risk of harm from isolation and lack of connection with those important to the resident

As coronavirus case numbers begin to fall, we are appealing for urgent and united action to re-open care homes. As a first step towards a wider process of ‘opening up’, we believe that visits must be in place for all residents and their essential caregivers by the 1st March. 

If you would like to get involved, we have put together some copy for your social media channels which you can access here.

We released a joint statement about this on 9th February with friends and colleagues from the National Care Forum, the Relatives & Residents Association, Rights for Residents, John’s Campaign, and the Registered Nursing Homes Association. You can read the statement in full here.

Please contact Lucy.Williams@ageuk.org.uk if you have any questions.

Information on the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out including scams to watch out for

Answers to some key questions on the Covid-19 vaccine as well as useful information on scams.

It’s great news that more than 4 million people have had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Those aged 70 and over will soon start receiving invitations to get a vaccine appointment, as well as those that are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid. The priority groups, including care home residents and staff should be invited to receive their first vaccine dose by the middle of February. A new article on Discover answers some key questions on the vaccine roll-out and how people will be contacted about their appointment.

Unfortunately, some criminals have been using the roll-out as an opportunity to take advantage of older people waiting to get the vaccine. There have been reports of scam text messages, calls, emails and doorstep visits. While scams such as these are rare, it is still very important to be aware of what to look out for. The advice is very simple: 

The vaccine is only available on the NHS, and you will never be asked to pay for it or to provide your bank details. 

Anything that suggests otherwise is a scam. Also remember that:

  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents

If you believe someone has been the victim of a scam, report this directly to Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040. If an older person is vulnerable and you are worried that someone has or might come to their house, report it to the Police or by calling 101.

King’s College London Research Callout

If you are able to share this research callout from KCL with your networks there is some proposed wording below along with some flyers.

Researchers at King’s College London university are studying patients’ arrangements, expectations and experiences during short stays in care homes. They are hoping to speak via phone or Zoom/Skype to patients who are living with dementia and to any relatives or friends that support them. Anyone who takes part will receive £10 for their time.

If you are able to share this research callout with your networks there is some proposed wording below along with some flyers. If you have any questions about this research please email laura.cole@kcl.ac.uk

If you are living dementia or memory problems, or if you support a relative or friend who is, you may be able to help.

Researchers at King’s College London university are researching into short stays in care homes (known as residential respite), particularly their arrangements, expectations and experiences. What do people get out of them, and why do some people decide it is not for them? We would value your help so we can better understand what works well and what could be better.

We would talk to you via phone or Zoom/Skype and offer you £10 to thank you for your time. Please email me, Laura Cole, if you would like more information or might want to take part: Laura.cole@kcl.ac.uk

We would really appreciate any help that you are able to offer. We are recruiting up until Christmas 2020.