Exploring the suitability and acceptability of peer support for older veterans
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Methodological approach - This was a sequentially staged research programme involving a scoping review of current practice and evidence, and a consultation with veterans. In total, 10 veterans (nine male, 1 female) took part in the consultation (M = 66 years).
Findings - Peer support was considered a suitable, particularly in addressing loneliness and social isolation. There was an understandable concern regarding its use with more complex issues such as trauma. An added issue was the implicit assumption that this consultation concerned transition; supporting younger veteran as they move from military to civilian life. This mirrored the focus of current UK policy and affected the focus of the consultation. Issues were also raised around sustainability of services more broadly.
Social implications - Peer support is appropriate in supporting older veterans, but must be implemented in a sustainable way. Raising awareness of the needs of older veterans in older adult services is an important implication for service development and delivery.
Originality - There is a considerable lack of research concerning older veterans, particularly concerning their formal and informal social support needs. This paper addresses the current gap in the literature.
|Journal||Quality in Ageing and Older Adults|
|Early online date||20 Apr 2017|
|State||E-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2017|
- Exploring the suitability and acceptability of peer support for older veterans
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