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' published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation 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.
The projects demonstrate the importance of:
- involving people who use support and services in shaping them;
- investing in collective solutions, small grants or seed-funding for self-help groups, and developing local markets to provide the support people want and value;
- greater emphasis on the assistance that older people need and choose, and their experiences rather than on conventional social care and/or services;
- developing place-based approaches that reflect the whole of people's lives, and delivering value for money, for example by including transport