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Twinning nurseries with care homes boosts children’s reading and social skills, says report calling for intergenerational care

Twinning nurseries with care homes for the elderly would boost children’s literacy skills, according to a thinktank that is calling for every childcare provider and school to build links with older people.

Children who regularly mix with older people see improvements to their language development, reading and social skills, something that is most easily achieved at “intergenerational care” centres highlighted in the Channel 4 series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, says a report by United for All Ages.

By playing and reading with children, the elderly are less likely to suffer loneliness, while the children get more opportunities for one-to-one reading and play time, it adds.

Intergenerational care began in Japan in 1976 and has spread to the US, Canada and the Netherlands. The first dedicated nursery and care home in the UK, Apples and Honey Nightingale, was set up in Wandsworth, southwest London, in mid-2017 and since then a further 40 have been created. Others are in development, including a veterans’ care home with a nursery in Wilton, Wiltshire, and a purpose-built complex planned in Wigan, with a nursery, assisted-living flats and a care home.

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has backed the idea of more nurseries opening next to NHS services “in some cases”, but UAA says that every nursery, childminder, parent-toddler group and children’s centre should develop a relationship with a care home. The thinktank has set a target of creating 500 cross-generational sites by 2023.

Stephen Burke, UAA’s director, said much of the focus on intergenerational care had been on the benefits for older people, such as “tackling loneliness and isolation to improving health, care and quality of life”.

“But there are big benefits for children and younger people too,” he added. “Our challenge to Britain is to maximise those benefits for all of the next generation. Research shows that there are lasting benefits of a good start in life.”

The report highlights a decline in opportunities for children, with nearly a third of 3,632 Sure Start children’s centres cut since 2009, and evidence that poorer children have fallen behind their better-off counterparts by the age of five in half of local authorities in England. “Intergenerational action could and must make a much bigger contribution to this agenda,” Burke said.

The report, titled The next generation: how intergenerational interaction improves life chances of children and young people,is published this week and includes contributions from 20 organisations focused on the welfare of children and older people.

Alistair Bryce-Clegg, an early years education consultant, was involved in the Channel 4 series that created a nursery within the Lark Hall retirement village in Nottingham. He conducted a study of 10 children to see how the experiment affected their wellbeing, language use and acquisition, social interaction and empathy.

“The outcomes for the children were very positive,” he writes in the report. “They all made notable progress during their time in the experiment, with some of them making truly significant steps forward in their development.”

Lorraine George, a development worker at Torbay council in Devon, examined the development of children at intergenerational centres in the US, where there are several hundred facilities. She discovered improvements in language development, increased reading skills, greater self-esteem and confidence among the children and development of empathy.“We now have 20 care homes engaging in partnerships with early years providers,” she writes, with one care home creating a room for childminders to use every day.

Intergenerational care also offers opportunities beyond young children and older people, with teenagers and parents also experiencing benefits of more cross-generational mixing, the report says.The UAA has also called for all primary and secondary schools to build closer ties with older people locally, whether that means volunteering at local care homes or using school buildings to host older volunteers.Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner, writes of how Italian teenagers who were suffering anxiety were being helped.

“Boys were encouraged to try out traditional pasta making with some of the older women in the community,” she writes. “Working on the pasta together there was no real pressure to talk about themselves, but rather a sense of acceptance as they contributed to the communal effort and achievement.”

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:15

Old age is nothing to be ashamed of

Dr Hilary Hodge says everybody ages differently and Margaret Beetham says old age should be something to be proud of

Portraying getting older in a positive light and raising expectations as to what people can achieve has to be welcomed (12 steps to a happy later life, G2, 3 January). However, giving examples of people who have done amazing things needs to be balanced by the possibility that for many people, who have led hectic lives, that to learn to relax and not have to achieve anything, if you don’t want to, is equally valid.

For women who have had to balance child-rearing, careers and generally putting the needs of others before their own, one of the most important lessons is that it is OK to do what you want and not feel guilty. If you fancy sitting down and reading a book for a few hours, that’s fine. It is also important to accept that the ageing process affects individuals in different ways and what one person can do others cannot and that does not reflect negatively on those who can do less.
Dr Hilary Hodge (aged 73)
Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire

I sat down to read G2 and nearly choked on my cuppa. The first step to a happy later life is apparently not to acknowledge that you are old. This is simply to reinforce ageism, like telling gay people they will be happier if they don’t acknowledge they are gay. I am glad to be old, thanks to luck, the NHS and welfare state, my family and friends and my genes. Let’s reclaim old age as something to be proud of and grateful for, not be ashamed of. We will all be old one day, if we are fortunate, as I have been. I am old. Get over it!
Margaret Beetham
Manchester

source: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/06/old-age-is-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 17:30

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Monday, 19 November 2018 20:27

Today's NHS - our current challenges

The NHS is currently facing the biggest challenge in its existence.

While on a day-to-day basis most areas of the service are running perfectly well at present, we are already seeing signs of the strain the system is under in areas such as hospital care, A&E and GP services. The reasons for the service reaching this crisis point are many, but here are the main ones:

 

An ageing population

The NHS was set up to treat people with diseases. Many of the diseases that would have killed people 65 years ago, have been cured, which is brilliant. While that means people are living for longer, it also means that they are, probably, living with one or more illnesses (long-term complex conditions) such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease. In turn, that means ongoing treatment and specialist care.

 

Lifestyle factors

The way we live now is also having a negative impact on our health. Drinking too much alcohol, smoking, a poor diet with not enough fruit and vegetables and not doing enough exercise are all major reasons for becoming unwell and needing to rely on our health services. Increasing numbers of overweight children show us that this problem is currently set to continue.

 

The change in public expectations

Originally, tackling disease was the main job of the NHS. Now, we all expect so much more. From advice on healthcare management through to mental health and social care, contraception, antenatal and maternity services, vaccination programmes and the fast, efficient processing of our medication and appointments. All of this with a growing population due to living longer and higher birth rates with lower infant mortality.

 

Accident and Emergency departments

More and more people are visiting A&E departments and minor injury units – which is stretching the ability of the departments to cope. A lot of the visits are unavoidable, but some are visiting because of inconsistent management of their long-term health conditions, the inability to get a GP appointment or insufficient information on where to go with a particular complaint. Winter sees an even bigger rise in visitor numbers with staff finding it harder by the year to cope.

 

Rising costs

The current financial crisis, rising costs of services, energy and supplies; innovations and technological breakthroughs that require more investment – along with higher numbers of people to cater for – all spell out a huge economic disaster for the NHS.

 

It is estimated that without radical changes to the way the system works, as demand rises, and costs rise too, the NHS will become unsustainable, with huge financial pressures and debts. If we make no changes we face a £30 billion funding gap for the NHS nationally by 2020 .

 

Advances in medicine and technology

The great news amongst all of this gloom is that there has never been a better time to face an overhaul. Huge advancements in medicine and surgery, alongside IT and technological innovations mean that there is a wealth of ideas and efficiencies that could potentially be implemented to bring our NHS up to modern standards to meet the needs of us all in the 21 Century. Utilising these new approaches within a major restructure the NHS could go on to be a reassuring source of health care and wellbeing, as well as an inspirational model of good working practice for years to come.

source: https://www.myhealth.london.nhs.uk/help/nhs-today


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Plans to invest £3.5m of extra Government social care funding to reduce winter pressures at Nottinghamshire’s hospitals has been agreed by the County Council today (Monday 12 November).

The funding forms part of the £240m allocated to councils which was announced in the Chancellor’s budget speech last month.

The Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee agreed to fund an additional 64 posts to reduce pressures on local hospital beds to the end of March 2019.

Examples of where the money is being invested includes:

• £600,000 on extra short- term assessment beds in care homes for people leaving hospital who need extra support

• £500,000 in the Council’s Home First Response Service, which provides short-term support at home of up to 14 days for people leaving hospital or at risk of a hospital stay

• £250,000 for extra equipment for people receiving home care after a hospital stay, which includes lifting equipment to assist carers moving people with restricted mobility

• £200,000 on additional support workers to help people regain skills at home after leaving hospital through the Council’s START service

• £100,000 on 3.5 full-time social workers to support mental health patients requiring discharge

• £92,000 for extra social workers and community care officers to speed up discharge assessments across the county’s hospitals

• £87,000 for an extra 20 short-term care beds at the Council’s Care and Support Centres to support discharged patients before returning home.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the County Council’s Adult Social and Public Health Committee, said: “We’ve worked closely with our health colleagues in coming up with our plan to use the extra Government money, which aims to free up hospital beds for those most in need and support people leaving hospital to regain their skills at home.

“We will closely monitor the impact of this extra funding to make sure it’s making a difference to local health services and improving people’s independence after a discharge.

“The County Council is in the top 10 percent of authorities in the country for minimising hospital discharge delays caused by social care availability this financial year, so this extra funding will build on our current excellent performance.”

Source: https://westbridgfordwire.com/extra-3-5m-for-social-care-funding-in-nottinghamshire-to-ease-winter-pressures/

Twice as many elderly people will be cared for without going into a care home under a council development scheme.

Nottinghamshire County Council has approved plans to set up 242 new places in 13 new 'housing with care' schemes by next spring.

These should allow the county's older people to live in a self-contained home with personal care and support when needed.

According to the council this will also have the advantage of saving, on average, £49 to £91 per person compared with a care home.

Read more https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/council-plans-save-money-elderly-1465146

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Three paralysed men, who were told they would spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, are able to walk again thanks to doctors in Switzerland.

An electrical device inserted around the men's spines boosted signals from their brains to their legs.

And it also helped damaged nerves in the spinal cord to regrow.

The researchers hope that this unexpected bonus will enable some paralysed people ultimately to regain independent movement.

read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46043924

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 19:48

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