Enabling a better understanding of the importance of the spiritual dimension to the well-being of older people
HEALTH AND WELLBEING INNOVATION COMMISSION INQUIRY: Social Connections and Loneliness
A VARIETY OF factors lead to increasing longevity and an ageing population, the demand for robust health and care services continues to grow. Innovation in the areas of health and wellbeing will be crucial to ensure that such services remain sustainable, address needs efficiently, and contribute to positive experiences in later life.
In order to foster developments in this respect, ILC-UK established the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Commission with the support of the Audley Group and EY. The Commission brings together current evidence in this area, generating thought leadership through a critical exploration of the opportunities and barriers with respect to diffusing new ideas and innovations across four themes relevant for later life and across the life course: retirement communities and care homes, the built environment, physical and mental health, and social connections.
There is a growing awareness among both families and professionals that spiritual care is an essential component of holistic, person-centre care. FiOP has developed a range of projects to address today’s challenges: