Jane Ashcroft

Chief Executive, Anchor

Jane Ashcroft CBE is Chief Executive of England’s largest care and housing provider for older people. In her role she campaigns for and champions the rights of older people and is key figure in the social care sector. Jane is a board member for Care England, the largest representative body for providers of adult social care, a Trustee of The Silverline, a helpline for older people, a board member of the National Housing Federation and a non-executive director of Dignity Plc. In 2014 Jane undertook the role as a Commissioner on the review of the long term care sector Chaired by Paul Burstow MP. Jane was previously awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care’ award at the Great British Care Awards and spearheaded Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign, calling for a Minister for Older People.

Relieving Loneliness With Pets

Backing this up, Anchor's new research has found that 30% of those aged over 65 think a pet reduces feelings of anxiety and 28% believe they increase happiness. Tellingly of the companionship and comfort pets can offer, the majority of older pet owners said they rely more on their pets for company than they do on their friends, children or neighbours.
20/10/2017 10:59 BST

Start At Home To Protect Our Ageing Population's Future

We are awaiting an update from Government on its proposals, including its formal response to the joint select committee inquiry. We're keen to work with colleagues across the sector and in government to develop a workable solution that achieves the government's objectives while safeguarding vulnerable older people.
15/09/2017 11:21 BST

Summer Holidays In Retirement

Summers are there to be enjoyed: for relaxing, exploring and trying new things. Sadly, our new research has found it's also a time when a third of Brits feel guilty about leaving older relatives at home while going on holiday.
22/08/2017 11:36 BST

Making Care Fair - Six Things The New Government Should Do

It's been a noisy few months since Theresa May called the snap election back in March, with a huge focus on health and social care. Our new government is no doubt going to be busy. To lend a helping hand, here are some tips on the wisest moves our government can make to protect our health and social care sectors.
14/06/2017 17:05 BST

The Role Of Creativity And Technology In Dementia Care

This Dementia Awareness Week we have seen incredible first-person accounts of how creativity and technology can make living with dementia more manageable. Although we don't have a cure for the disease, there are still innumerable ways to bring as much joy as possible to the lives of those living with dementia.
31/05/2017 16:17 BST

Celebrating LGBT Lives In Care Homes

Looking after and valuing older people in our society is fundamental - especially as our population gets older - but it is by no means a simple task. Alongside physical well-being, there are emotional and mental health needs to consider, too. That means providing personalised care, designed around every individual.
24/04/2017 13:24 BST

The Importance Of Good Food For Older People

We won't become complacent. As England's largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing for older people, all the money we generate is ploughed back into our services so we will continue to improve the facilities at both our retirement villages and our care homes for the benefit of all older people.
20/03/2017 15:33 GMT

Let's Show That We Really Celebrate Our Centenarians

One of the best parts of my job at Anchor is working with the inspiring, fun and lively generation of older people that prove older age is most certainly a time for living. We should celebrate the fact that, as a nation, we're living longer.
01/11/2016 16:28 GMT

Right-Sizing, And The Benefits For Generation Rent

A more joined-up approach is needed. Addressing the housing crisis by increasing the supply of retirement housing is an opportunity to save billions, and create enormous benefits for both older and younger generations.
29/09/2016 13:09 BST

Downgrading the Care Minister's Role is Bad News for Social Care

Theresa May and David Mowat, the Parliamentary Under-secretary responsible for care, have the chance to turn social care around and help those in need of care to lead the best lives possible; I hope it's a challenge they address as the lack of adequate social care funding is an issue which cannot be ignored any longer.
04/08/2016 10:23 BST

Tour de Terry

When people discuss retirement, there are so many images that come to mind. It's a unique experience, as different as each person. There is no rigid rule book about what makes an enjoyable retirement and I think this is one of the most exciting things about it. The number of people aged 65 and older has increased by 16% in just 10 years which means there are nearly one million more people taking on new adventures.
12/04/2016 15:12 BST

Looking at a Better Solution for Older People in Hospitals

The latest report from Government has revealed new steps to encourage hospitals and local authorities to work together with out-of-hospital services to alleviate the issue of people being kept in hospital longer than necessary. A very positive step forward in my eyes and the only way to ensure people, especially older people, are recovering in a suitable environment.
26/01/2016 10:08 GMT