How does money influence health? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – March 2014

Posted on March 25, 2014. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

How does money influence health? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – March 2014

“This report explores the association between income and health throughout the life course and within families.

Improving the income of the poorest members of society is often proposed as a way of improving their health, and hence reducing health inequalities. However, for this policy to be effective, it is important to understand how money influences health. Effective policy responses must take all the factors that link income and health into account.”

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How does money influence health? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation JRF – 10 March 2014

Posted on March 13, 2014. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

How does money influence health? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 10 March 2014

“This study looks at hundreds of theories to consider how income influences health. There is a graded association between money and health – increased income equates to better health. But the reasons are debated.

Researchers have reviewed theories from 272 wide-ranging papers, most of which examined the complex interactions between people’s income and their health throughout their lives.

Key points

This research identifies four main ways money affects people’s wellbeing:”

… continues on the site

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Is excessive paperwork in care homes undermining care for older people? JFR Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 28 February 2014

Posted on March 10, 2014. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Is excessive paperwork in care homes undermining care for older people? JRF Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 28 February 2014

“Are older people in care homes missing out on quality time with staff because workers are preoccupied with paperwork?

Care homes have to regularly complete more than 100 separate items of paperwork, often duplicating the same information, this study found. Researchers visited care homes and spoke to staff who felt they were judged more on their ability to produce paperwork than deliver care.

The research recommends that the sector rethinks its priorities and makes changes to the way it deals with administration so older people can be given more compassionate, personalised care.”

… continues on the site

 

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Older people with high support needs in housing with care – JRF Joseph Rowntree Foundation [UK] – 21 May 2013

Posted on May 21, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Older people with high support needs in housing with care – JRF Joseph Rowntree Foundation [UK] – 21 May 2013

“Housing with care (HWC) offers a promising model for improving the quality of life of older people with high support needs, but also poses challenges. This Round-up covers key messages and practice examples from JRF studies into three aspects of HWC: promoting supportive and positive relationships; boundaries of roles and responsibilities; and affordability, choices and quality of life. It found that:”

… continues on the site

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Widening choices for older people with high support needs – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

Posted on January 15, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Widening choices for older people with high support needs – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

“Older people with high support needs want greater choice and control over their lives and a wider range of options.

This study identifies the benefits and potential of options based on mutuality (people supporting each other) and / or reciprocity (people contributing to individual and group well-being).

The study found that:

■Spending time identifying and understanding existing local models and arrangements will help commissioners widen their range of options;
■Adapting ways of working from other countries, e.g. Denmark, could stimulate further development in the UK;
■Planning, contracting and procurement rules need to be revised to stimulate the development of different models and ensure smaller-scale, relationship-based services are not damaged; and
■Communicating the range and benefits of different models to older people, their families, the wider public and frontline staff will raise awareness, increase take up, and drive local developments.”

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Senior cohousing communities – an alternative approach for the UK? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

Posted on January 15, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Senior cohousing communities – an alternative approach for the UK? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

Maria Brenton

“Is cohousing an option for older people?

This paper outlines the benefits of cohousing for older people. It draws on successful cohousing examples from Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands, and outlines the growing movement in the USA.

There aren’t yet any successful examples of cohousing in the UK, and this paper outlines its potential at a time when the typical housing ‘menu’ available to older people is still very limited. Support often amounts to domiciliary care (until needs become too intensive), followed by sheltered/extra care housing (if available locally) and/or a place in a care home.”

Preparing to grow old together – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

Victor Forrest

“How can housing co-operatives best support their older residents?

“This Viewpoint details Brixton Housing Co-op’s (BHC’s) experiences of working together to improve member’s chances of staying out of residential care, counteract loneliness in later life and improve support.

Key points:

■The most significant action BHC members took was to begin talking with others about the issue of ageing and how they might help themselves.
■It is important to recognise that it is not being older that is a problem but being older in our current society; and that we can work together to make positive changes.
■We all have something to give, and we all need support of one sort or another.
This Viewpoint comes at a time when the typical housing ‘menu’ available to older people is still very limited. Support often amounts to domiciliary care (until needs become too intensive), followed by sheltered/extra care housing (if available locally) and/or a place in a care home.”

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Improving decision-making in the care and support of older people – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 5 December 2012

Posted on January 4, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Improving decision-making in the care and support of older people – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 5 December 2012

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My home life: promoting quality of life in care homes – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 25 October 2012

Posted on October 25, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

My home life: promoting quality of life in care homes – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 25 October 2012

“What’s needed to promote quality of life in care homes?

A new report from JRF outlines the findings from the My Home Life project. My Home Life is a collaborative initiative between Age UK, City University, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Dementia UK promoting quality of life in care homes.

This study found:

 

  • positive relationships in care homes enable staff to listen to older people, gain insights into individual needs and facilitate greater voice, choice and control;
  • relationship-centred care is at the heart of many examples of best practice;
  • care home managers play a pivotal role in promoting relationships between older people, staff and relatives;
  • care home providers and statutory agencies should consider how their attitudes, practices and policies can create pressure and unnecessary paperwork which ultimately reduce the capacity of care homes to respond to the needs of older people; and
  • negative stereotypes of care homes have an impact on the confidence of staff and managers.”

 

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A stronger collective voice for people with dementia – Joseph Rowntree Foundation JRF – 24 October 2012

Posted on October 24, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

A stronger collective voice for people with dementia – Joseph Rowntree Foundation JRF – 24 October 2012

“Can groups provide a stronger collective voice for people with dementia?

A growing number of people with dementia in the UK are becoming actively involved in groups to try to influence services and policies affecting people with dementia. The Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project (DEEP) was a one-year investigation aiming to highlight groups and projects involving people with dementia. The report offers specific ways forward for organisations wishing to engage with people with dementia. This report found that:

  • There are only a small number of groups led by, or actively involving, people with dementia that are influencing services and policies.
  • ‘Influencing’ work includes national lobbying and meeting with government officials, local lobbying of services, media work, training and education, participating in advisory groups, awareness-raising, and speaking at events.
  • Most groups undertook influencing work alongside peer support and social activities, and were local and relatively informal.
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Creating a dementia-friendly York – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 4 October 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , , |

Creating a dementia-friendly York – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 4 October 2012

“What does it take to become a dementia-friendly city?

The York Dementia Without Walls project looked into what’s needed to make York a good place to live for people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia-friendly communities can better support people in the early stages of their illness, maintaining confidence and boosting their ability to manage everyday life. Working with people with dementia, the research team investigated how local resources can be harnessed to this end, provided there is enough awareness.”

… continues on the website

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Public sector innovation and local leadership in the UK and The Netherlands – JRF Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 28 June 2012

Posted on July 3, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Public sector innovation and local leadership in the UK and The Netherlands – JRF Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 28 June 2012

“Can civic leaders tackle social exclusion by engaging in radical public service innovation?

The current economic and political climate has little room for alternatives to cuts and austerity. However, radical initiatives which stress the importance of place-based leadership in advancing social inclusion are in development in the UK and elsewhere.

Exploring the role of place-based leadership in Bristol and Swindon in the UK, and Enschede in The Netherlands, the study found:

that the narrow vision of cutback management lacks wisdom.
that leaders with an emotional commitment to social inclusion enable innovation to flourish and can encourage others.
That ‘Innovation Stories’ recording practical experiences on the ground offer inspiration to other areas.

This study offers an alternative to the dominant ‘do more with less’ philosophy dominating public policy making in many EU countries. As such, it makes a valuable contribution to the debate about the nature of post-austerity society.”

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A Better Life – what older people with high support needs value – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 29 November 2011

Posted on November 29, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

A Better Life – what older people with high support needs value – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 29 November 2011

“What do older people with high physical and mental support needs say they want and value in their lives?

Part of the JRF’s A Better Life programme, this paper:

explores the views of older people and the factors that help or hinder them; and
proposes a model which demonstrates how their needs could be met.

The circular model combines aspects of well-being older people say they value with the factors that they claim help or hinder their quality of life.

The older person is at the centre of the circle as a “reminder that this is about diverse individuals and what they want from their lives, not what services and policies decide they can have”.

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Not a one way street: Research into older people’s experiences of support based on mutuality and reciprocity – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 17 October 2011

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Not a one way street: Research into older people’s experiences of support based on mutuality and reciprocity – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 17 October 2011

Helen Bowers et al.

“This paper outlines interim findings from an action research project called ‘Not a one-way street’, which is part of the Better Life programme.

The project focuses on the various ways in which older people with high support needs take up active roles within different support arrangements based on ‘mutuality and reciprocity’.”   … continues

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Does income inequality cause health and social problems? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 22 September 2011

Posted on September 22, 2011. Filed under: Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Does income inequality cause health and social problems? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 22 September 2011

Karen Rowlingson

“Should income inequality worry us?

The UK witnessed a dramatic growth in income inequality in the 1980s, and since then the level of inequality has increased further, though at a slower rate. But should we be concerned about this? This report provides an independent review of the evidence about the impact of inequality, paying particular attention to the evidence and arguments put forward in The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2009). The research examines:

whether or not there is a link between income inequality and health and social problems;
who might be most affected by income inequality; and
other possible impacts of income inequality, for example, on the economy.”

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Young people, alcohol and influences – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 17 June 2011

Posted on June 29, 2011. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Young people, alcohol and influences – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 17 June 2011

Pamela Bremner et al.

“This report presents the findings from a major study of young people and their relationship with alcohol, and explores the wide range of influences on their drinking.

This study differs from other research: it develops evidence of how different domains of influence work together, understanding their relative importance in tackling different patterns of drinking among different groups.

The study involved a survey of 5,700 teenagers aged 13–14 (Year 9) and 15–16 (Year 11) in schools in England and data was statistically modelled to highlight the strongest influences on and predictors of young people’s drinking.

The report:

  • examines circumstances surrounding young people’s first time drinking, their current drinking patterns (including levels of consumption), and their experiences of drunkenness; and
  • develops our understanding of what really influences young people’s drinking patterns by identifying the domains and indicators that have the strongest relationship with their behaviour.”
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Transforming social care: sustaining person-centred support. Standards We Expect Consortium – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 18 May 2011

Posted on May 20, 2011. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: |

Transforming social care: sustaining person-centred support. Standards We Expect Consortium – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 18 May 2011

“What are the hopes and frustrations in the everyday practice of person-centred support, or ‘personalisation’?

This study is the most user-centred and authoritative commentary to date on current policies and practice. The Standards We Expect project team (service users, practitioners and researchers) worked with service users, carers, front-line practitioners and managers in eight very diverse settings. They found:

Good practice is possible, even in the hardest of times.
Funding and organisational culture need frank discussion.
Power imbalances, outdated attitudes and doubtful practice are still too common.”

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Improving housing outcomes for young people: practical ideas – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 21 April 2011

Posted on April 21, 2011. Filed under: Community Services | Tags: , |

Improving housing outcomes for young people: practical ideas – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 21 April 2011
 
by Rachel Terry   ISBN: 978 1 85935 828 3

“Practical initiatives to improve housing outcomes for young people.

Young people are increasingly squeezed out of the housing market and face a more drawn-out process of moving towards independent living. Affordable housing in the private and social rented sectors is in short supply and buying a home is out of the reach of many young people. A number of initiatives aim to improve this situation.”

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Social networks: their role in addressing poverty – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 16 March 2011

Posted on April 8, 2011. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: |

Social networks: their role in addressing poverty – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 16 March 2011
By Asif Afridi

“Can social networks help people cope with or move out of poverty, and if so how?

‘Social networks’ – the ties between individuals or groups – are receiving more attention in public policy discourse as people are encouraged to help each other at a time of austerity and the Coalition Government’s emerging ‘Big Society’ ideas. Evidence and ideas are needed to ensure that strategies intended to do more with fewer public resources do not have a negative effect on the most vulnerable.

This paper by brap (formerly Birmingham Race Action Partnership):

explains what social networks are, and their benefits;
explores how social networks can help address poverty and be made more accessible; and
discusses the impacts of government spending cuts on social networks.”

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How can local authorities with less money support better outcomes for older people? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Centre for Policy on Ageing – 19 January 2011

Posted on February 4, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

How can local authorities with less money support better outcomes for older people?   Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Centre for Policy on Ageing – 19 January 2011

“Research shows that older people want and value low-level support – ‘that bit of help’ – but the benefits of investing in this are realised over many years, making it harder to prove impact and protect funding in the face of severe pressure on spending.

This Solutions provides examples of imaginative, affordable and effective ways of supporting older people’s health, well-being, social engagement and independence. It highlights projects with some local authority involvement whether as lead commissioner, subsidiary partner, or through small grants or seed-funding.”  … continues

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Older people with high support needs: how can we empower them to enjoy a better life. Round-up: Reviewing the evidence – October 2010

Posted on October 8, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Older people with high support needs: how can we empower them to enjoy a better life. Round-up: Reviewing the evidence – October 2010

“In 2009, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation launched a new programme to improve the quality of life of older people with high support needs. This Round-up draws out key messages from 11 reviews commissioned in the first phase of the ‘Better Life’ programme and other relevant research recently commissioned by the JRF.”

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Residential care home workforce development: the rhetoric and reality of meeting older residents’ future care needs – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 24 May 2010

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Residential care home workforce development: the rhetoric and reality of meeting older residents’ future care needs – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 24 May 2010

“This study examines the best way of meeting the future needs of older care home residents. Exploring evidence from an in-depth study of three residential homes, it confirms that training care staff in basic clinical skills can enhance health and social care provision for older people in residential homes. It found that this approach could boost older people’s quality of life by making them more comfortable, increasing their well-being, and reducing the chance of them being unsettled by a move to a nursing home. The report also concludes that residential homes will not be able to provide this choice unless there is financial support for new role carers and their training.”

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