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Money management and elderly people with dementia

Authors:
LANGAN Joan, MEANS Robin
Journal article citation:
Elders the Journal of Care and Practice, 3(3), September 1994, pp.33-42.

Elderly people with dementia pose complex issues around the management of their financial affairs. This article looks at the law relating to the handling of other people's money in England and Wales, and draws out the policy and practice implications for those working with elderly people.

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Money matters in later life: financial management and elderly people in Kirklees

Authors:
LANGAN Joan, MEANS Robin
Publisher:
Anchor Housing Trust
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
26p.,tables.
Place of publication:
Oxford

Looks at issues around the management of the personal finances of older people with dementia.

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The future of community care and older people in the 1990's

Author:
MEANS Robin
Journal article citation:
Local Government Policy Making, 18(5), 1992, pp.11-16.
Publisher:
University of Birmingham. Institute of Local Government Studies

Based on research in four social services authorities, outlines likely developments: increased reliance on informal care, a mixed economy of welfare, expenditure on information systems, the link with housing services and targeting services.

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Housing: the essential element in community care; the role of 'Care and Repair' and 'Staying put' projects

Authors:
HARRISON Lyn, MEANS Robin
Publisher:
Anchor Housing Trust
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
108p.,tables,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Oxford

Research study looking at Anchor Housing Trust and Care and Repair Ltd's successes in developing housing agency services to assist older homeowners with repair and improvement work. Argues that these projects are extremely effective in delivering high quality information and advice, and that their work has improved the health and welfare of elderly and disabled people, enabling them to remain in the community. Makes recommendations for future development.

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Policy convergence: restructuring long-term care in Australia and the UK

Authors:
GIBSON Diane, MEANS Robin
Journal article citation:
Policy and Politics, 29(1), January 2001, pp.43-58.
Publisher:
Policy Press

Australia and the UK have historically had very different systems of long-term care for older people and others. Recent restructuring has led to interesting convergences of those systems, largely, the authors argue. because of the limited set of policy levers available to reformers in both countries.

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Making care homes part of the community? An evaluation of the Gloucestershire Partnerships for Older People Project

Authors:
EVANS Simon, MEANS Robin, POWELL Jane
Journal article citation:
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 14(1), 2013, pp.66-74.
Publisher:
Emerald

The 'Care Homes, part of our community' initiative in Gloucestershire was one of 29 Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPPs) funded by the Department of Health between 2006 and 2009 with an emphasis on prevention and improved outcomes for older people. This paper provides an overview of the policy context and the project, which aimed to improve the integration of care homes with health and social care services and the wider community. It describes the local evaluation of the project, which adopted a mixed methods approach combining quantitative performance data with semi-structured stakeholder interviews and emergency bed use costings. It presents the findings in 3 specific areas: integrating care homes with the health community, improving links with the local public community, and the economic evaluation of its contribution to reducing overnight stays in hospital. It reports that the evaluation results suggest that the project made significant steps towards integrating care homes with the health and social care community, that training and support was provided to a large number of care homes and new integrated working practices were developed, and that cost savings were demonstrated through reduced hospital bed use.

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Communities of place and communities of interest? An exploration of their changing role in later life

Authors:
MEANS Robin, EVANS Simon
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 32(8), November 2012, pp.1300-1318.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

In this theoretical paper the authors discuss the concept and definition of community, and in particular the meaning of community to older people. The paper examines past emphasis on the importance of communities of place for older people and emerging evidence for the growing engagement of older people in communities of interest linked to friendships, enthusiasms and their increasing spending power. It considers the importance of social interaction in the lives of many older people and government policy promoting social participation, civic engagement and active ageing. It also looks at the influence of the internet and the development of virtual communities of interest among older people. The paper argues for a reconceptualisation of community and a more sophisticated view of place and interest which acknowledges the impact of social, economic and cultural change on the lives of older people.

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Safe as houses? Ageing in place and vulnerable older people in the UK

Author:
MEANS Robin
Journal article citation:
Social Policy and Administration, 41(1), February 2007, pp.65-85.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The UK is very similar to many other European, North American and Australasian countries in its emphasis on ‘ageing in place’. This article does not seek to challenge the importance of this for most older people but rather draws out the challenges and issues raised by older people who are vulnerable or in vulnerable housing situations. This is illustrated through drawing upon three separate studies which are on older homelessness, older people in the private rented sector and owner-occupiers with dementia. The article concludes by arguing the need to improve the mainstream housing circumstances of older people on low incomes; the need to invest in a much wider range of specialist support and advice services; and the need to develop a positive view of a wide range of housing with care options in later life.

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Getting started: early research findings on a jointly managed community-based rehabilitation service in Bristol

Authors:
THOMAS Drew, MEANS Robin
Journal article citation:
Managing Community Care, 8(6), December 2000, pp.41-44.
Publisher:
Pavilion

Outlines findings from research aimed at identifying the emerging issues around the formation of a jointly managed and staffed community rehabilitation service in Bristol.

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Home, independence and community care: time for a wider vision?

Author:
MEANS Robin
Journal article citation:
Policy and Politics, 25(4), October 1997, pp.409-419.
Publisher:
Policy Press

This article begins by looking at past policy assumptions about the importance of home and independence to older people. The second half of the article looks at present day assumptions on this issue as addressed by the 1990 National Health Service and Community Care Act and compares this to what older people themselves have to say. By drawing on research on older households the importance of home as a place of privacy and self identity is illustrated as is the rich and varied lives of these respondents both inside and outside their homes. Argues that local authorities as the lead agencies in community care should help to foster such independence and that this requires them to develop a broad vision of community care which covers issues such as transport, leisure and household maintenance.

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