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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2001): Social Care - UK - Community Care

HOME, BUT NOT ALONE

D. Evans

Health Service Journal, vol. 111, Apr. 19th 2001, p.25

Describes a voluntary scheme to help frail and vulnerable patients who live alone on their discharge from hospital.

TRAINING AS A VEHICLE TO EMPOWER CARERS IN THE COMMUNITY: MORE THAN A QUESTION OF INFORMATION SHARING

N. Clarke

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.9, 2001, p.79-88

Study investigated whether attendance at a training programme to empower carers resulted in improvements in the levels of perceived control, self-efficacy and self-esteem as partial measures of psychological empowerment. Findings showed that whereas carers' knowledge of services and participation increased as a result of the programme, no changes were found in measures of carer psychological empowerment. The failure to consider how training needs to be designed to achieve changes in individual competence and self-agency are suggested as the most likely explanation of this. It is suggested that community care agencies should focus greater energies in determining how policy objectives of empowerment are to be achieved through training, and in doing so make more explicit the supposed linkages between training content, design and its posited impact on individual behaviour.