COPNI and the PSNI have launched the 'Nominated Neighbour' scheme. This is an initiative that if an unrecognised caller comes to the address of an older person when they are alone in the house, the caller will be handed a card instructing them to contact their 'Nominated Neighbour', who will then try and check the caller's identity.
Prepared to Care? Modernising Adult Social Care in Northern Ireland
The Commissioner for Older People has published 'Prepared to Care? Modernising Adult Social Care in Northern Ireland' which calls for reform of Adult Social Care legislation to better support the changing needs of an ageing population.
The Commissioner's report entitled "Appreciating Age" attaches an economic value to contributions made by older people across Northern Ireland. The report shows that after costs of age-related spending are subtracted, older people in Northern Ireland will make a net positive contribution of almost £25 billion to the economy over the next 50 years.
The Commissioner’s report, entitled Protecting our Older People in Northern Ireland – A call for Adult Safeguarding Legislation reviews current legislation and practice in Northern Ireland in relation to abuse of older people and calls for the NI Executive to bring forward a single piece of legislation that would better protect older people from abuse. For more information on what to do if you or someone you know is being abused, click here.
The Commissioner for Older People’s report, entitled “Supporting Older Carers,” examines the reasons for low uptake of Carers Assessments by older carers in Northern Ireland, and highlights the need for government to do more to ensure their needs are assessed and met to help them in their caring role.