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‘ A Better Life’. Older people with high support needs: early messages from current JRF programmes. This is about all of us. We need to think about… language narratives images challenging ageism widening the debate a shared vision. Let's hear the real experts. We all need to…

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A better life

‘A Better Life’

Older people with high support needs:

early messages from

current JRF programmes


This is about all of us

This is about all of us

We need to think about…

  • language

  • narratives

  • images

  • challenging ageism

  • widening the debate

  • a shared vision


Let s hear the real experts

Let's hear the real experts

We all need to…

  • listen!

  • try harder to communicate

  • actively seek the views of those with highest needs

  • try to hear diverse voices, diverse groups

  • support user-led networks


Citizenship and meaningful lives

Citizenship and meaningful lives

We need to promote…

  • relationships

  • active contributions

  • in all settings – including care homes

  • celebrating voices, stories and images


One size won t fit all

One size won’t fit all!

We must recognise…

  • growing diversity

  • inequalities

  • intersectionality


Look inside and outside the box

Look inside and outside the box!

To increase choice we need to…

  • share learning across the UK

  • look outside the UK

  • think about how housing with care/extra care can support older people with high support needs


Giving and taking

Giving and taking

We need to support…

  • mutual and reciprocal support

  • inclusive living in communal settings

  • the supporters (paid or unpaid)

  • relationships as central


Our six early messages

Our six early messages

  • This is about all of us

  • Let's hear the real experts

  • Citizenship and meaningful lives

  • One size won’t fit all

  • Look inside and outside the box

  • Giving and taking

    www.jrf.org.uk/work/workarea/better-life

    [email protected]


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