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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2012): Care of the elderly - UK

Elderly care crisis will force closure of libraries

J. Bingham

Daily Telegraph, Apr. 27th 2012, p. 1 + 2

In a letter to the three main party leaders, the Local Government Association called on government to implement the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission on funding of social care for older people. It said that a loss of momentum in the process of reform would be dangerous on three counts. Firstly, it would exacerbate the problems of an already overstretched care system. Secondly, it would increasingly limit the availability of discretionary services as resources were drawn away to plug the gap in care funding. Thirdly, it would fundamentally threaten the broad consensus that had built up around the Dilnot proposals from all quarters.

Elderly struggling to live without state help

S. Adams

Daily Telegraph, Apr. 16th 2012, p. 1

Local authorities reduced spending on social care for older adults in response to central government cuts to their funding, so that by 2012 82% only provided help for those with critical needs. Age UK and the British Geriatrics Society lobbied for higher social care funding from central government.

Personalising social care for people living with dementia

H. Bullmore and S. Lawton-Smith

Elder Law Journal, vol. 2, 2012, p. 97-102

This article aims to give a brief overview of policy and legal changes around social care provision in England in recent years and how the changes have impacted on people living with dementia. In particular, it draws on lessons learnt from the Mental Health Foundation's Dementia Choices project, set up in 2009, which aimed to explore and support the uptake of self-directed support in social care among people living with dementia and their carers, and to identify barriers to its uptake. The project demonstrated that: 1) people with dementia and their carers can benefit from self-directed support via personal budgets; 2) applicants must be able to access information about the options; 3) people with dementia and their carers should be involved in planning schemes; and 4) a local market in support services needs to be created.

Supporting user participation in local policy development: the Fife Dementia Strategy

L. McCabe and B. E. Bradley

Social Policy and Society, vol. 11, 2012, p. 157-169

Currently there is a drive to develop dementia strategies at the national level. Many countries including England, Scotland, France and Norway have developed strategies, with others in the process of dong so. These strategies share the common aim of improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers through developments in treatment, care and support. In parallel to these national strategies, local strategies have been developed, such as the Fife Dementia Strategy discussed in this article. This strategy reflects many aspects of the national strategies but has a more practical and operational approach to enable its implementation in Fife. This article focuses on the consultation process that took place prior to publication of the strategy. The process encouraged the participation of a wide range of stakeholders, including people with dementia, informal carers and other people using the same services. The role of people with dementia and other service users in the consultation process is highlighted.

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