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

The implications of longevity for society

J. Goodwin (guest editor)

Quality in Ageing, vol. 10, June 2009, p. 1-53

This special issue examines in detail the issue of increased longevity and its implications for society. Contributors consider how society can deal with an anticipated explosion of chronic age-related diseases, possibly by seeking to slow the ageing process and compress morbidity into the last few years of life. However, research findings are slow to be translated into benefits for the ageing population due to scientific and political obstacles. In the final two papers, authors analyse the social and economic problems attendant on population ageing, with particular emphasis on implications for employment.

Migrant care workers in ageing societies: findings in the United Kingdom

A. Cangiano and others

COMPASS, University of Oxford, 2009

Social care in the UK relies heavily on migrant workers for much support of older people, but there is uncertainty about the sustainability of this source of labour in the context of direct employment of staff by service users under the personalisation agenda. Local authorities may need to assume mediating roles when there are problems between an older person and his/her individual support worker. More also needs to be done to help migrant care workers integrate into the local community, particularly in relation to access to language courses.

Social work's place in reform agenda

A. Bowman

Professional Social Work, Sept. 2009, p. 14-15

Current government policy for the care of the growing elderly population envisages the creation of a National Care Service offering a universal entitlement and greater personalisation. The author argues that the new arrangements would increase demand for highly skilled social workers to carry out assessments, advocate for users and broker services tailored to individual needs.

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