Below is a list of resources compiled by the experts at Alive to support you to support older people.
These cards aim to support you, as a relative, friend or carer, to build social connections and conversation with an older person who is living in care, living with dementia, or both.
This accessible guide explains the basics of getting your care home set up for online engagement. Pictures of all the devices you will need and how to connect to the internet and other technology.
Tech to Connect – How to Guides
Alive have produced three guidebooks, two for older learners – Getting Started: Helping you get started with technology, Making Links: Using technology in your everyday life – and one for carers, or those assisting an older person with their learning, Supporting Older People to use Technology. These are available to download below.
Building positive relationships with residents, a guide for care staff
This workbook contains several exercises to help you think about ways you can work more closely with the local community to enrich care home activity.
This how to guide will get you started with thinking about the coproduction process and how you can embed it within your home in order to allow residents to have greater input in their care.
This series of six short videos is designed to help both care homes and schools start, and facilitate, their own intergenerational activities. Each video provides ideas and advice to get started, and activities you could run to engage both age groups.
This guide provides information on how you can run intergenerational activity sessions online. It includes information on what equipment you will need, as well as other considerations and top tips to make the sessions successful. This guide is based on Alive’s learnings from our intergenerational Access All Ages project, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
This activity book is designed for care homes to use to engage younger people through our ‘Maps of Memory’ initiative.
A guide for youth groups who are looking to collaborate with their local care home.
This how to guide aimed at care homes will help you think about the process of taking on volunteers and managing from start to finish.
This information booklet will help care home volunteers prepare for a role as a volunteer in a care home.
This volunteer handbook is a useful checklist to follow to help you carry out a thorough induction when taking on a new care home volunteer.
Many of the above learning resources are available as training courses that can be delivered in your care home for up to 12 members of staff. Find out more information here