Day centres for older people: a systematically conducted scoping review of literature about their benefits, purposes and how they are perceived

Katharine Orellana (a1)(a2), Jill Manthorpe (a1) and Anthea Tinker (a2)

Published online:  17 August 2018

    Abstract

    With a policy shift
    towards personalisation of adult social care in England, much attention
    has focused on individualised support for older people with care needs.
    This article reports the findings of a scoping review of United Kingdom
    (UK) and non-UK literature, published in English from 2005 to 2017,
    about day centres for older people without dementia and highlights the
    gaps in evidence. This review, undertaken to inform new empirical
    research, covered the perceptions, benefits and purposes of day centres.
    Searches, undertaken in October/November 2014 and updated in August
    2017, of electronic databases, libraries, websites, research
    repositories and journals, identified 77 relevant papers, mostly non-UK.
    Day centres were found to play a variety of roles for individuals and
    in care systems. The largest body of evidence concerned social and
    preventive outcomes. Centre attendance and participation in
    interventions within them impacted positively on older people’s mental
    health, social contacts, physical function and quality of life. Evidence
    about outcomes is mainly non-UK. Day centres for older people without
    dementia are under-researched generally, particularly in the UK. In
    addition to not being studied as whole services, there are considerable
    evidence gaps about how day centres are perceived, their outcomes, what
    they offer, to whom and their wider stakeholders, including family
    carers, volunteers, staff and professionals who are funding,
    recommending or referring older people to them.

    Published by Residential Forum

    The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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