S. H. Kerrison and A. M. Pollock
Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 9, 2001, p. 490-494
Over half the healthcare beds in England are in the private nursing home sector, and regulation of the sector is under reform. However, requirements for user accountability have not been reflected in these reforms. Neither users nor their representatives have been given legal rights of involvement in the National Care Standards Commission or in regulatory processes. Paper argues that failure to involve users not only places the regulation enterprise at risk of capture by the industry, but will also weaken the legitimacy of the new Commission.
Reports results of a survey of 14 charities which shows that they are subsidising supposedly state-funded places for elderly people in care homes because local authority fees are insufficient. In the year to March 2001, charitable support for theoretically state-funded residents rose from £9.9 million to £11.8 million.
Public Finance, Jan 18th - 24th 2002, p. 18-20
As more and more private care and nursing homes for older people close, problems of bed blocking and delayed discharge in the NHS increase. The increase in home closures is due to:
Daily Telegraph, Jan 15th 2002, p. 4
Government figures out today show thousands of elderly people are having to stay in hospital because of a shortage of specialist beds and home help. The report was compiled by the Department of Health in response to a parliamentary question.
L. A. Fenge
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Vol.23, 2001, p. 427-438
Article considers "empowering" practice with older people within community care, and explores the restrictions placed on this by current policy and practice. It considers how a post modern perspective may encourage the participation of older people within community care assessment and ultimately empower them.
Help the Aged, 2001
More than half of state-supported residents in nursing and residential homes for older people may not be receiving their full weekly personal allowance of £16.05. The allowance is in any case inadequate and is insufficient to cover toiletries, clothes, chiropody, hairdressing, and the daily newspaper. Report calls for:
J. Parker et al
Managing Community Care, vol. 9, Dec. 2001, p. 28-33
Paper explores the importance of seeking the views of service users with dementia. This is fundamental to raising quality standards in dementia care, and demands commitment to on-going training for social care staff. Contemporary research and policy developments are discussed in this context.
Community Care, Dec. 13th 2001 - Jan. 9th 2002, p. 40-41
Discusses how home care services could be developed to provide social and emotional as well as material support to isolated older people.
[London] : Liberal Democrats, 2001
Some older people in care homes are victims of a "chemical cosh" used as a management tool. Elderly people in a minority of homes are regularly administered with chemical cocktails of drugs whose interactions are poorly understood by staff. Their health and well-being is under threat. Report analyses the causes and consequences of inappropriate medication and makes recommendations for change.
Community Practitioner, vol. 75, 2002, p. 7-8
Article discusses the controversial decision by the government that older people should receive free registered nursing care but will still have to continue paying for personal care themselves.
Managing Community Care, vol. 9, Dec. 2001, p. 34-39
Article presents evidence gained from development projects and consultancy in the UK about the meaning and nature of "independence" in the lives of older people. The concept is examined in relation to the current policy context of social inclusion, partnerships and modernisation, with special reference to the implementation of the National Service Framework.
K. Roberts and T. Chapman
Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001
This book discusses the idea that recipients of statutory health and social services should be regarded as 'consumers'. It examines to what extent British society has seen a move towards the culture of the private sector. It explores not only the opportunities provided for users to play an active role in their care, but also their degree of willingness to assume such a role.
The Times, Jan. 14th 2002, p.11
Scottish Executive ministers have admitted defeat in a lengthy battle to persuade Whitehall to help to fund free personal care of the elderly. Alistair Darling, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has consistently maintained that to do so would undermine the whole unified welfare payments system across the UK.
Professional Social Work, Jan. 2002, p. 16-17
The single assessment process is one of the cornerstones of the National Service Framework for Older People. It will apply to all older people and their carers who require health or social care services. Any older person and/or their carer, seeking help at either a health or social care "access point", will be entitled to access a systematic co-ordinated assessment process, leading to an integrated response. This may be information, advice, treatment, care or support from either, or both, health and social care agencies.
Public Finance, Dec. 7th - 13th 2001, p.19
The Scottish Labour Party is on the whole opposed to implementation of free personal care for the elderly, which it regards as subsidizing the middle classes. However as free personal care enjoys the support of the Liberal Democrats, Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Nationalists, it is likely to go ahead.
Caring Times, Jan. 2002, p. 8-9
There is concern that the implementation of the new national minimum standards for residential care may lead to drab uniformity among homes and stifle innovation.