NIACE updates popular resources for older people in care

25th July 2014

NIACE has published updated versions of its popular resources – Learning for Older People in Care Settings – in light of policy changes and key research conducted in this area.

The Learning for Older People in Care Settings resources – commissioned by BIS – include updated examples of practice and two new films (Open Age and Hammerson House) to raise awareness of the benefits of learning for older people, their carers and families. They also encourage and support public, private and voluntary sector care providers to extend and enhance learning opportunities for older people in care settings.

Emily Jones, NIACE Research Manager, said:

“People in the UK are living longer than ever before. While life expectancy is increasing, healthy life expectancy is not increasing at the same rate. People are spending longer living with conditions that seriously affect their quality of life and current trends in lifestyle related diseases will also increase the need for care. The cost to our health budgets will be enormous and a huge strain on the economy.

“Regardless of disabilities or differences in ability, all older people in care settings should have the opportunity to take part in learning activities, to stimulate them, help them acquire new skills and to share ones they already have with others. We hope that these resources will raise awareness of the benefits of learning for older people and will support care providers to extend and enhance their learning opportunities.”