Keeping older people safe and well at home

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British Geriatrics Society
Date Published:
21 April 2020
Last updated: 
22 September 2020

These resources have been developed to help keep older people safe at home by reducing deconditioning and falls hazards, supporting people with conditions such as dementia or Parkinson's, and improving overall wellbeing to help to keep their minds and bodies active.

This is particularly relevant for shielding and isolated older people during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also applies more generally to older people who live without assistance in their own homes and might be exposed to other risk factors or hazards.

This booklet is aimed at older people, many of whom have no access to the internet, drawing on evidence-based research. It was developed by the University’s of Manchester's Healthy Ageing Research Group alongside the Ageing Hub at Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
Keeping Well at Home

This checklist has been developed by Sussex Health and Care Partnership for older people to help identify and address potential falls hazards in their homes.

Patient Home Environment Checklist

This resource has been compiled by the Health Innovation Network (HIN), the Academic Health Science Network for South London, to support the provision of activities in older adult inpatient settings and care homes during the national response to COVID-19.

A patient leaflet developed for older people who are isolating or sheilding during the COVID-19 pandemic, created by Plymouth City Council and Livewell South West. 

The resources  have been developed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) for people with mobility difficulties to build activity into their day at home. 

Resources to support discharge of patients at risk from inactivity

Developed by the IDEAL project, these leaflets contain simple tips for people living with dementia and their families and carers on staying safe and well during the COVID-19 outbreak.

How to stay well during the coronavirus outbreak: 5 key messages for people living with dementia and carers 

This booklet on supporting carers and care staff to understand and respond to changes in behaviour in people with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic was written by Dr Frances Duffy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Jill Richardson, Associate Psychologist from CLEAR Dementia Care and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NI).

A short illustrated story about a cross-generational falls strategy featuring George (who is 79-and-a-quarter) and his granddaughter Martha (who is 7-and-a-half). It was written by physiotherapist Oli Williams.

George's Race

Health and wellbeing at home: Advice and resources for everyone spending more time indoors
Active at home

Aims to provide specialist, evidence based, effective exercise training for health and exercise professionals working with older people, frailer older people and stroke survivors.

Later life training on YouTube
10 Today is an audio-based exercise programme from Sport England and Demos designed for older people to protect against poor health and improve mental health and maintain independence, available via BBC Sounds.

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