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Summary of recommendations

• Increase the number of staff on older

people's wards in line with Royal

College of Nursing guidance.

• Assess older people for the

possible presence of frailty during all

encounters with health and social care

professionals.9

• Make falls risk assessments

mandatory, in line with Assessing Care

of Vulnerable Elderly (ACOVE) and

National Institute for Health and Care

Excellence (NICE) advice.

• Appoint a Commissioner for Older

People who would investigate,

among other issues, poor health care

experienced by older people.

• Create a national task force of developers,

ministers and local government to

produce a national strategy for increasing

supply of retirement housing.

• Exempt older people who are downsizing

from paying stamp duty.

• Continued grant funding as well as

interest-free loans to retirement housing

developers to encourage them to build

affordable housing, following the example

of Canada, where there is a Minister of

State for Seniors.

• Introduce a similar policy to that

suggested in Scotland's Planning Policy

Consultation Draft 2013 where developers

who build retirement housing are not

required by law to also build affordable

housing.

• Create a level playing field for retirement

housing developers by excluding

retirement housing from the onerous

requirements of the community

infrastructure levy and Section 106.

• Ensure all local authorities have a robust

housing strategy for older people and act

on it to increase supply, including through

the sale of publicly-owned land.

• Extend the worksave pension scheme to

include additional saving for social care.

• Launch a hard-hitting public information

campaign about the need for people to

start saving for care, the cost of care and

the scheme mentioned above.

• Increase state funding for care to

adequately cover the cost of providing

that care, as measured by independent

cost of care calculator.

• Require all providers receiving adequate

State funding to pay the living wage to

all care home and domiciliary carers and

activity co-ordinators.

• Introduce legislation which bars anyone

from working with older people if they

have been found guilty of abuse. The

Justice Ministry should be responsible

for passing on information regarding

convictions to the Department of Health

whose department will be tasked with

updating and publishing the list of barred

carers online.

• Legislate to give informal carers

entitlement to a fixed period of leave

similar to maternity or paternity leave.

• Give a firm commitment to sustainable

funding for the Better Care Fund for future

years.

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