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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2003): Care of the Elderly - UK

DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE SERVICES FOR OLDER PEOPLE

National Audit Office

London: TSO, 2003 (House of Commons papers, session 2002/03; HC 518)

Points out that the population of the UK is ageing and that services for older people are provided by many organisations. Summarises government policy initiatives for older people. Goes on to evaluate government attempts to develop effective services through joined-up policymaking and through consultation with older people themselves.

THE ENABLERS

N. Hamilton

Community Care, 24-30 April 2003, p. 30

Looks at a project managed by Help the Aged, and funded by the government, which aims to integrate voluntary sector services into intermediate care programmes for older people.

A PICTURE OF HEALTH

V. Drennan and others

Health Service Journal, vol. 113, Apr. 24th 2003, p. 22-24

Describes a scheme to improve the lives of older people in Camden through joint working between health and social care. A team of community nurses and social welfare officers offered joint health and social care assessments to people aged over 75. More than a quarter of those contacted were in need of services. The older people were contacted via their general practice, but this proved inefficient as many had moved. Finally, the organisations involved had different aspirations for the scheme and management proved problematic.

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