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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2002): Social Care - UK - Community Care

GIVE ME A BREAK

K. Leason

Community Care, Aug. 22nd-28th 2002, p. 30-31

The Carers' Grant was introduced in 1999 to make it easier for them to take breaks. Its long term future has now been secured as part of a new spending programme for adult care.

THE HOME CARE WORKFORCE : URGENT ATTENTION REQUIRED

B. McClimont

MCC: Building Knowledge for Intergrated Care, vol. 10, no. 4, Aug. 2002, p. 15-21

Article describes the size, nature and trends in home care, including telemedicine and hospital at home. It highlights the contribution of the independent sector and the importance of home care in the economy of health and social care. It identifies a funding and capacity crisis, outlines the likely impact of further reductions, and explores contributory recruitment, training and commissioning practice issues.

HOW GOOD IS YOUR SERVICE TO CARERS? A GUIDE TO CHECKING QUALITY STANDARDS FOR LOCAL CARER SUPPORT SERVICES.

R. Blunden

London: King's Fund, 2002.

As part of its national strategy for carers, the government has developed and approved a set of five quality standards for local services for carer support. This practical guide is designed to help individuals, local groups and service organisations assess how well they meet these quality standards, which cover information, providing a break, emotional support, support to care for and maintain the carer's own health, and having a voice.

LUKEWARM RESPONSE

J. Manthorpe, R. Watson and A. Stimpson

Community Care, Sept. 5th-11th 2002, p. 38-39

Meals on wheels provided for people with dementia can create more problems than they solve. Article presents carers' views of the problems involved and discusses the implications for care managers.

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