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Book

Living well in later life: from prevention to promotion

Authors:
WISTOW Gerald, WADDINGTON Eileen, GODFREY Mary
Publisher:
University of Leeds. Nuffield Institute for Health
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
Leeds

This report argues for a switch in emphasis from avoiding higher intensity and more costly care to promoting older people's quality of life and their engagement in the community.

Book

Residential care: will social security still pay?

Authors:
WISTOW Gerald, HENWOOD Melanie
Publisher:
University of Leeds. Nuffield Institute for Health
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
17p.
Place of publication:
Leeds
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Involving older people in commissioning: more power to their elbow?

Authors:
WISTOW Gerald, WADDINGTON Eileen, DAVEY Vanessa
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
75p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
York

This research set out to investigate what happens when older people are given the opportunity to shape service commissioning and delivery. The study also raises wider question of whether it can change the nature of local power relations in the long term. Dorset and Salford were identified as two areas where structures and processes exist which encourage and facilitate the involvement of older people in local decision-making. Through focus groups the research examined: how older people in these areas were involved in commissioning and service delivery; what difference their involvement made; the factors which lead to successful engagement; and the barriers to involving older people. Key findings revealed that public policy has made increasing reference to voice and choice for service users. Yet there were few examples where users have a real say in commissioning and more strategic approaches to service planning. Older people and agencies felt that their local involvement processes were worthwhile and associated with identifiable results. National focus groups were more sceptical about whether outcomes justified the time and resources involved. In conclusion, involvement should concentrate specifically on outcomes more than on processes.

Book

Reducing emergency hospital stays for older people: Innovation Forum first year report

Authors:
WISTOW Gerald, KING Derek
Publisher:
Innovation Forum
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
54p.
Place of publication:
London

This report from the Innovation Forum is  based on the idea that good housing, a range of facilities for transport, leisure and entertainment, families and friends can all help older people thrive and stay healthy thereby reducing  the need for emergency hospital stays. And, if any of this is to come about, it means a firmer strategy than currently exists to ensure there is a sufficiently significant transfer of funding from acute to community settings.

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Active steps to prevention

Authors:
WISTOW Gerald, KING Derek
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.06.06, 2006, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The authors present early results from the first year of a local authority-led initiative, the Innovation Forum's older peoples project. The results suggest that a shift towards more preventative services is effective and is reducing older people's stays in hospital. The project was based on the idea that good housing, a range of facilities, and families and friends can help older people retain their independence.

Book

Preventative services for older people: current approaches and future opportunities

Authors:
WISTOW Gerald, LEWIS Helen
Publisher:
Anchor Trust
Publication year:
1997
Pagination:
58p.
Place of publication:
Kidlington

Paper written as a background to a seminar on preventative services to older people. Outlines the issues and goes on to look at: what preventative services are; what obstacles to well being are faced by older people; what services there should be; what is currently available; what blockages there are preventing such services being available more widely; what is known about the effectiveness of such services; and key messages for policy makers.

Book

Hospital discharge and community care: early days

Authors:
HENWOOD Melanie, WISTOW Gerald
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health. Social Services Inspectorate
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
58p.
Place of publication:
London

Report based on a study of 6 English localities which were believed to have well advanced arrangements for the hospital discharge of older people. Provides a snapshot of the position around April 1993 when community care changes were starting to be implemented. Points up issues for continuing concern, as well as elements of good practice.

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Commissioning care closer to home: final report

Authors:
WISTOW Gerald, WADDINGTON Eileen, KITT Iain
Publisher:
Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
60p.
Place of publication:
London

A project to promote better commissioning by social care and partner agencies of care closer to home for older people was commissioned in 2007. Seven local sites agreed to participate in the fieldwork: three focusing on the commissioning implications for adult social care, local authority and community sector partners of the shift from care in acute hospital settings (Blackpool, Islington and Sandwell), and four focusing on more effective commissioning arrangements for older people with mental health needs (Hampshire, Knowsley, Leeds and Oxfordshire). The key findings were that care closer to home is being interpreted and implemented in a variety of ways, that it is not clear whether it is seen as a specific objective of central government policy or a dimension of other policies, and that there is a corresponding lack of clarity about where ownership and accountability lie locally and nationally for its implementation and how its success will be measured. This report describes the overall findings from the project, including the commissioning framework designed for commissioning care closer to home, analyses the implications for the further development of care closer to home, and describes the work undertaken at the fieldwork sites.

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Vision validated

Authors:
WISTOW Gerald, WISTOW Richard
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 7.10.04, 2004, pp.44-45.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Summarises findings and conclusions from a survey of views about ministerial proposals for a new vision for social care. The survey was co-ordinated by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and found widespread support for the new vision. This was qualified by recognition that appropriate support and resources would be needed if the delivery of social care was to become person-centred, proactive and seamless.

Book

Options for long-term care: economic, social and ethical choices

Editors:
HARDING Tessa, MEREDITH Barbara, WISTOW Gerald
Publisher:
HMSO/National Institute for Social Work
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
152p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Examines the debate around long term care and proposes a different approach to planning for future long term care. Concludes that the increase in expenditure needed over the next 30 years is not so great as to be a cause for alarm, though some reinvestment may be needed in the short term. Suggests that affordability is a question of political choice, rather than economic imperatives. Reviews the values underpinning long term care and proposes a broad based strategic approach. Looks at the issues from the point of view of disabled people as well as older people. Concludes with 2 chapters comparing the situation in the United States and in Germany.

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