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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2002): Care of the Elderly - UK

EMERGING PATTERNS OF CARE MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN ENGLAND

D. Challis et al.

Social Policy and Administration, vol. 35, 2001, p.672-687

Paper explores whether typologies of care management arrangements can be discerned through analysis of a series of key indicators. Data were drawn from a survey of all English local authorities, undertaken as part of the study "Mapping and Evaluation of Care Management Arrangements for Older People and those with Mental Health Problems". Categories were constructed using four indicators:

  • use of specialist older people's teams;
  • use of NHS care mangers;
  • targeting in older people's services;
  • level of authority within the organisation at which decisions to purchase services could be made.

Using these indicators, six catalogues of core management arrangements for older people were formulated.

HIDDEN COSTS OF FREE PERSONAL CARE

J. Cuthbert and M. Cuthbert

Public Finance, Nov. 23rd - 29th 2001, p. 24-25

Scotland has stood by its decision to implement free personal care for all elderly people. However the costs of this may have been seriously underestimated, which will lead to underfunding of the free care programme itself. Service quality will suffer, adversely affecting the most needy.

WELFARE HOTLINE

N. Valios

Community Care, Nov. 15th - 21st 2001, p.30-31

Care Direct is a new Department of Health initiative to provide a single telephone and Internet gateway for information and advice for older people covering social care, community health, housing and benefits. Article describes the experience of pilot projects in the South West of England.

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