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Range and Capacity Review Group: second report: the future care of older people in Scotland

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Executive Range and Capacity Review Group
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
72p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This is the second and final report from the Scottish Executive Health Department’s Range and Capacity Review Group The National Delayed Discharge Action Plan (March 2002) highlighted the need to carry out a range and capacity review of community care services for older people, and led to the establishment of this Range and Capacity Review Group. The first report of the Group Projections of community care service users, workforce and costs was published on 16 July 2004. This was modelling work that presented 7 scenarios and then, for each of these scenarios, set out statistical projections of the numbers of community care service users and of workforce and cost implications at a Scotland level up to 2019. It did not set the context for care, nor did it make recommendations about the way forward. These matters are addressed in this report. This report does not provide, as some might have expected, a detailed analysis of the different models that were outlined in the Group’s first report. As the work progressed it quickly became apparent that the national review group could not decide what should happen at local level. Of the scenarios in the first report, scenario 7 (the joint future model) is the one that fits best with the direction of policy and practice in Scotland. But the way in which a joint future model is delivered in one area will be different from that in another area, because of the mix of existing services (and their inter-action, of which more is said later about a whole systems approach), and the local population and geography. This report therefore sets out: the group's understanding of the big problems, the context in the light of recent, major reports (notably Building a Health Service Fit for the Future (the Kerr Report), Delivering for Health, Better Outcomes for Older People, and the 21st Century Social Work Review), and a vision for care for the increasing ageing population in years to come. The report is therefore neither an action plan nor a model of care, but it sets out principles, a vision for care that has to be worked out in detail at local level.

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Your human rights: a guide for older people

Author:
MATTHEWS Lucy
Publisher:
British Institute of Human Rights
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
46p.
Place of publication:
London

Your Human Rights’ is a series of four plain English, non-technical guides focusing on the practical relevance of human rights in the UK. They are written directly for people living with mental health problems, disabled people, older people and refugees and asylum seekers who are in situations where they may need information on their human rights. They will also be useful for people working with these groups, or people who would like to know more about the impact of human rights on these groups. The present booklet  is devoted to older people.

Journal article

Caregivers of frail elders: updating a national profile

Authors:
WOLFF Jennifer L., KASPER Judith D.
Journal article citation:
Gerontologist, 46(3), June 2006, pp.344-=356.
Publisher:
Gerontological Society of America

In this American study data are drawn from the 1989 and 1999 National Long-Term Care Survey and Informal Caregiver Survey to develop nationally representative profiles of disabled older adults and their primary informal caregivers at two points in time. The proportion of chronically disabled community-dwelling older adults who were receiving informal assistance from family or friends declined over the period of interest, whereas the proportion receiving no human help increased. On average, recipients of informal care were older and more disabled in 1999 than in 1989. Primary caregivers were children (41.3%), spouses (38.4%), and other family or friends (20.4%); children were more likely and others less likely to serve as primary caregivers in 1999 relative to 1989. Primary caregivers provided frequent and high levels of help at both points in time. A striking increase was found (from 34.9% to 52.8%) in the proportion of primary caregivers working alone, without secondary caregiver involvement. In the context of projected demographic trends and budgetary constraints to public health insurance programs, these data underscore the importance of identifying viable strategies to monitor and support family caregivers in the coming years.

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Systematic searching on the AgeInfo database

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, TAYLOR Brian J., et al
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
20p.
Place of publication:
London

AgeInfo and six other databases relevant to social work were searched in order to identify relevant published studies on a specific question regarding decisions about admission of older people to homes in the community. The search was confined to research or reviews of research published in English-language, peer reviewed journals between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 2003. The outcome of the searches were compared in terms of sensitivity, precision and the number of relevant articles that were unique to a particular database.  AgeInfo was found to be  a professional database with a range of useful facilities. While not in the top league with Medline, Cinahl or PsycINFO in terms of facilities or size, it is of a comparable standard to other databases used in this study.

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Promoting independence for older persons with disabilities: selected papers from the 2006 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence

Editors:
MANN William C., HELAL Adbelsalam, (eds.)
Publisher:
IOS Press
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
235p.
Place of publication:
Amsterdam

This book includes 25 full-length papers under five of the seven ICADI tracks: smart homes, robotics, telehealth, home medications and universal design, and assistive devices and workplace adaptations.

Journal article

Combating Alzheimer's disease: immediate concerns and implications for social workers

Authors:
SINHA Debotosh Sinah, DEY Namita
Journal article citation:
Indian Journal of Social Work, 67(4), October 2006, pp.410-422.
Publisher:
Tata Institute of Social Sciences

This article attempts to discuss exactly what Alzheimer's disease is, its causes, the extent of the problem, diagnosis and prognosis, and treatment. The different stages of the disease, role of the caregivers, and the personal and emotional stress they face is also covered. The role of professional social workers are also highlighted.

Journal article

Civic engagement, older adults, and inclusion

Author:
MCBRIDE Amanda Moore
Journal article citation:
Generations, 30(4), Winter 2006, pp.66-71.
Publisher:
American Society on Aging

This article focuses on improving organisational capacity as a way of making civic engagement more inclusive for older people. The article highlights the dimensions of: access, expectations, information, incentives and facilitation. It is written from an American perspective.

Journal article

Arts in Dementia Care: 'This is not the end...it's the end of this chapter'

Author:
BLASTING Davis Anne
Journal article citation:
Generations, 30(1), Spring 2006, pp.16-20.
Publisher:
American Society on Aging

Arts bring people with dementia the tools that enable them to express themselves and their vision of the world. Both medical and social arts programmes exist, and the differences between the two reside most often in the training of facilitators. Some examples of arts programmes running in the United States are provided and the barriers to the use of arts are discussed.

Journal article

Building intergenerational bonds through the arts

Author:
LARSON Renya
Journal article citation:
Generations, 30(1), Spring 2006, pp.38-41.
Publisher:
American Society on Aging

The arts can be used to build and strengthen intergenerational bonds. The article look at the benefits of programmes with a high level of engagement (ie longer-term programmes that foster direct and ongoing contact) which are more likely to form strong bonds. Examples of programmes in the United States are provided

Journal article

Promoting self-expression through art therapy

Author:
STEPHENSON Raquel Chaplin
Journal article citation:
Generations, 30(1), Spring 2006, pp.24-26.
Publisher:
American Society on Aging

Art therapy can help the older adult cope with, adjust to, and adapt to age-related changes. The author highlights its uses and presents a short example to illustrate how the creative process can be used to recreate personal histories and experiences and support life review

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