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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2009): Care of the elderly - UK

Implementing the Mental Capacity Act 2005: challenges for commissioners

J. Manthorpe and K. Samsi

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.17, June 2009, p. 39-47

This article explores the issues faced by local health and social care commissioners in implementing the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and ensuring appropriate training. It presents case studies of early implementation of the Act by two local authorities and their primary care trust partners. The study demonstrates the gains that can be made if commissioners think about implementation across agencies and between public and private sectors.

Middle class face bigger care bills

M. Beckford

Daily Telegraph, Aug. 28th 2009, p. 2

The 2009 green paper on adult social care proposed a compulsory charge of 20,000 to cover costs of residential care to be paid at retirement or after death. The Health Secretary has now confirmed that a sliding scale of charges is likely to be introduced, with people contributing according to their means. The better-off could be forced to pay more than 20,000 in advance for care they might never use.

Whole systems working in the promotion of independence and well-being for older people

J. Pidgeon

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.17, June 2009, p. 26-33

Using concepts derived from Whole System Working (Hudson, 2006) this article reports on how one of the eight national LinkAge pilots has been able to navigate its way through a complex of local partnerships and two-tier local government structures to make significant progress in promotion of the independence and well-being of older people in Nottinghamshire. The importance of ensuring the systematic engagement of older people in the process is emphasised. The article identifies six learning areas which helped the development of preventative and well-being services in the context of whole-system working and older people's engagement.

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