Short Breaks and Respite Care

Short breaks and respite care should provide a positive experience for you and a break for carers from the main caring tasks. It improves your quality of life by providing an opportunity to have a break from your usual routine.

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Useful tests to support older people track their physical improvement image

Authors
CAPA team

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Useful tests to support older people track their physical improvement

Date
01/04/2020

Category
Guidance

2 Simple tests with instructions and recording tool designed to help older people track physical improvement in strength & balance.

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Authors
CAPA team

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Moving More Often and “Having a Good Conversation”

Date
01/04/2020

Category
Guidance

Moving More Often is for use with those receiving care at home - to support the good conversation around moving and personal goal setting. 'Having a Good Conversation' gives Key Steps and Reminders. Accompanies the Moving More Often resource.

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Authors
CAPA team

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Ethel's story

Date
01/04/2020

Category
Case Study

Little by little Ethel is helped to achieve her goals - discuss the story at a team meeting and discuss what you noticed.

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Authors
CAPA team

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Effects of Bedrest on Older People

Date
01/04/2020

Category
Case Study

Leaflet about the effects of bedrest on older people

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Getting to know you

Date
01/04/2020

Category
Guidance

Use these examples of questions staff can use to get to know a person better. What have you never asked/found out about someone?

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Authors
CAPA team

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Physical activity guidelines for older adults

Date
01/04/2020

Category
Guidance

How active should we be? The Chief Medical Officers guidelines 2019 for adults and older adults looks at type, frequency and amount of activity we should all be working towards.

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Authors
CAPA team

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Aim for the why

Date
01/04/2020

Category
Guidance

Physical activity, or inactivity, is a serious issue affecting every generation in every setting and environment, from early years to older adults and everyone in between.

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Authors
NHS Education for Scotland & Scottish Social Services Council

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Equal Partners in Care

Date
22/10/2019

Category
Guidance

A learning resource for health and social care staff which will help support better conversations and interactions with carers

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Authors
Care Inspectorate

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Care Inspectorate Improvement Strategy 2019-2022

Date
21/10/2019

Category
Care Inspectorate Publication, National strategies and frameworks

A strategy providing an insight into what the Care Inspectorate's improvement support offer will be over the next three years and how we will identify where improvements are required

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Authors
Care Inspectorate

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A quality framework for support services (not care at home)

Date
07/10/2019

Category
Care Inspectorate Publication, Guidance

Our quality framework and methodology for inspecting support services based on the new Health and Social Care Standards.

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Authors
Society for Companion Animal Studies

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Animal Assisted Interventions: SCAS Code of Practice for the UK

Date
01/08/2019

Category
Guidance

A voluntary code intended to offer guidance on good practice for designing and delivering Animal Assisted Interventions effectively and safely, ensuring that the welfare needs of both humans and animals are met

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Authors
Scottish Social Services Council

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Building collaboration and compassion for integrated working

Date
14/05/2019

Category
Guidance

A booklet of examples showing how collaboration and compassion at the heart of integrated working can make a real difference for everyone involved

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Authors
Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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Polypharmacy: Getting our medicines right

Date
01/05/2019

Category
Guidance

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Authors
Scottish Government

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Self-directed Support Implementation Study 2018: report 1

Date
11/04/2019

Category
National strategies and frameworks

A report providing a Change Map intended to capture the required changes for the effective delivery of social care within the context of Self-directed Support

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Authors
Scottish Government

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A Fairer Scotland for Older People - A Framework for Action

Date
03/04/2019

Category
National strategies and frameworks

A framework of actions to ensure older people can continue to engage with and contribute to their communities, access the public and other services they need, and ensure financial security as they move into retirement

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Authors
Scottish Social Services Council

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Palliative and End of Life Care Resources

Date
01/04/2019

Category
National strategies and frameworks

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Authors
Healthcare Improvement Scotland

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General standards for neurological care and support

Date
28/03/2019

Category
Guidance

Revised general standards for neurological care and support, setting out what care people can expect to experience throughout Scotland, regardless of the type of neurological condition they have, their geographical location, care setting or personal circumstances

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Authors
Scottish Government

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The Keys to Life: Unlocking Futures for People with Learning Disabilities Implementation framework and priorities 2019-2021

Date
13/03/2019

Category
National strategies and frameworks

An updated implementation framework for the learning disability strategy, covering the period 2019-2021. It builds on progress since the previous framework was published in 2015 and reflects the broader priorities of the Scottish Government, local authorities, NHS Boards and inte...

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Authors
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

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SIGN 157: Risk reduction and management of delirium

Date
13/03/2019

Category
Guidance

Guidelines providing recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the detection, assessment, treatment and follow up of adults with delirium

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Authors
Care Inspectorate

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How to Use 'The Hub'

Date
12/03/2019

Category
Guidance

A guide on How to use The Hub.

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Authors
Health Protection Scotland

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Compendium of Healthcare Associated Infection Guidance

Date
28/02/2019

Category
Guidance

A document containing links to current national policy and guidance on Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI), antimicrobial prescribing and resistance, decontamination and other related topics