The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new quality standard to help care homes tackle loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people.
Recommendations in the standard include that older people in care homes should be offered opportunities to participate in meaningful activities which promote health and mental wellbeing; that they should be supported to maintain and develop their personal identity and that they should have better access to NHS services.
The standard has been developed by an independent committee involving specialists in social care (including a care home representative and a director of adult social services) and public health as well as people with their own experience of the social care system.
The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care, hosted by SCIE, will be working with the sector to support adoption of the Quality Standard.
Find out more about the Quality Standard: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&o=14329