Public Health England (PHE) has published a range of resources designed to support commissioners to improve the oral health of vulnerable older people in all settings. Commissioning better oral health for vulnerable older people gives an overview of the impact of oral diseases in vulnerable older people, the evidence on what works to improve oral health in this group, and advice to commission services to improve oral health.
The toolkit is supported by:
- a rapid review of the evidence of what works, such as higher fluoride toothpastes, oral hygiene regimes, and training programmes for staff and carers; and
- a resource compendium for commissioners, providing links to useful resources such as the ten key questions to ask when assessing local oral health improvement for vulnerable older people.
In addition, a blog has now been published as well Why we must support vulnerable older people to maintain good oral health, via SOLACE – the representative body for managerial leaders working in the UK public sector: http://www.solace.org.uk/knowledge/articles/2018-09-11-why-we-must-support-vulnerable-older-people-to-mai/