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Social services' elderly care teams: clients, needs and support

Authors:
CAMERON Elaine, et al
Publisher:
University of Birmingham. Health Services Research Centre
Publication year:
1989
Pagination:
27p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
Birmingham

Discusses clients of Social Services elderly care teams in Birmingham.

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SCIE research briefing 28: assistive technology and older people

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, BEECH Roger, ROBERTS Diane
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
11p.
Place of publication:
London

The term ‘assistive technology’ incorporates a wide variety of devices. Assistive technology can be supportive, preventive or responsive. The increasing proportion of older people in the population makes the use of assistive technology an attractive option in social services. Perceptions vary as to whether or not assistive technology has sufficient benefits. Existing research supports the greater use of assistive technology but further evaluation and ‘local learning’ is needed. The views and needs of people using assistive technology need to be taken into account.

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Social care funding: statement of intent

Authors:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health, ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH INSURERS
Publisher:
Department of Health
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
5
Place of publication:
London

The Department of Health invited representatives of the financial services industry to conduct a review of the care product market. The industry-led review found that the Care Bill went a long way to creating the right conditions, but that more work remained to be done. This statement of intent is a public commitment from the Department of Health and the financial services industry to work together to help people plan and prepare for the costs of their long term care. This includes creating the right conditions for the development of more financial care products and overcoming the barriers identified in t he industry led report into care products. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Rapid assessment of the impact of the National Service Framework for Older People in Wales

Author:
MORGAN Gareth
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 16(1), 2012, pp.41-44.
Publisher:
Emerald

This paper reports on the first rapid assessment that has been undertaken on the Welsh National Service Framework (NSF) for Older People, and focuses on the perceptions of healthcare staff from Welsh Health Boards. A questionnaire was sent to key colleagues in each of the seven Health Boards. Anonymity was vital to allow colleagues to score their questionnaires honestly. Overall, the impact of the NSF was perceived as too difficult to assess. The most promising element of the NSF appeared to be a perception on the impact on joint health and social care working. Also, the NSF urgently needs to provide evidence of positive impact. The next stage, based on a focussed approach, offers an opportunity to progress this. The authors concluded that a rapid assessment exercise, using existing networks that are built on trust, can yield valid and useful information which can help policy development.

Journal article

Rethinking needs assessment in planning services for older adults

Authors:
CHERNESKY Roslyn H., GUTHEIL Irene A.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 51(1/2), 2008, pp.109-125.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

A comprehensive needs assessment of older adults carried out in 2004 in Bermuda is described. Informal discussions and a preliminary synthesis of existing data were designed to scope the issue and gauge support for the needs assessment before the exercise was designed. This encompassed home-based interviews with 304 randomly selected adults aged 65 to 97; six focus groups conducted with a total of 53 family carers; and a questionnaire survey of all identifiable service providers. The findings are reported, together with the questions they raised, and it is argued that even when needs assessment is carefully planned, it cannot always provide the desired information. A revision of some key assumptions about what needs assessment can do is offered. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

Journal article

The role of assistive technology in achieving dignity, equality and respect

Author:
FAIFE Dyllis
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 11(2), June 2007, pp.20-23.
Publisher:
Emerald

The author looks at how assistive technology can promote and maintain a person's dignity and respect if handled correctly. She draws on her experience of developing a telecare service in Norfolk social services. The article includes three short case studies.

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Personal social services survey of home care users in England aged 65 and over, 2006-06

Author:
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. Information Centre for Health and Social Care
Publisher:
National Health Service. Information Centre for Health and Social Care
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
48p.
Place of publication:
London

The User Experience Survey is run on an annual basis and is used to target areas of particular interest within social services. Opinions are sought over a range of service areas to gain an understanding of users’ views rather than measuring quantities of care delivered. This survey is targeted at clients aged 65 and over receiving home care funded wholly or in part by Social Services. A survey of these clients was last conducted in 2002-03. This survey aims to see how the opinions of these clients have changed in the last 3 years and to gain a better understanding of how different factors effect the overall satisfaction.

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Fill in the gaps: a toolkit for professionals working with older deafblind people

Author:
SENSE
Publisher:
Sense
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
24p.
Place of publication:
London

This toolkit offers information and advice for professionals working with older deafblind people. It explains what deafblindness is and how it affects people. It sets out the legal responsibilities that social services have and explains how deafblind people can be supported and helped.

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Joint inspection of services for older people in Liverpool: June 2005

Author:
COMMISSION FOR HEALTHCARE AUDIT AND INSPECTION
Publisher:
Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
43p.
Place of publication:
London
Journal article

A daughter's battle

Author:
GOLDSMITH Linda
Journal article citation:
Professional Social Work, January 2005, pp.8-9.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Describes the author's struggle to protect her mother's right to remain in the residential home where she had lived happily for nearly 8 years.

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