The Times, May 19th 2003, p.2
Britain's best councils would take charge of hospital care for the elderly under proposals discussed with Ministers. Local authorities would be given the entire budget for elderly healthcare and commission hospital care from the NHS but would have an incentive to provide cheaper alternatives in the community. The aim would be to speed up discharges from hospital and, wherever possible, prevent admission in the first place.
Community Care, May 8th-14th 2003, p.40-41
Reports results of recent research on what independence means to older people. Independence was associated with being in control of choice and delivery of support. Independence was threatened by lack of information about services and poor transport links. There was also agreement that too little low level preventive help was available to these whose problems were not yet severe.
J. Young, A Forster and J Green
Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 11, 2003, p.229-231
It is anticipated that intermediate care services for older people will be established throughout England. This study aims to estimate the numbers needing this service. It follows the admission of older, acute patients into an elderly care department of a district general hospital and looks at the numbers needing rehabilitation once they are medically stable.
The Independent, May 8th 2003, p.6
Census results show five million people in England provide free cost care for friends or relatives. The rising numbers of elderly people and the high care of nursing and care-home accommodation mean more people than ever are looking after others.
Health Service Journal, vol.113, May 15th 2003, p.28-30
Discusses the contribution home improvement agencies can make in preventing hospital admissions and delayed discharges of elderly people. Presents a case study of the work of Care and Repair South Gloucestershire, a home improvement agency managed by Hanover Housing Association.
C. Smith and others
Quality in Ageing, vol. 4, Apr 2003, p.12-21
Research investigated attitudes towards the informal care of older people, differences between men and women in their willingness to undertake certain aspects of care, and whether the age of the respondent was likely to be a defining factor. The majority of women in the study demonstrated a greater willingness than the men to provide care for a dependent older relative. Age was a significant variable with people aged 40-59 being more willing than those aged between 20 and 39. Respondents anticipated that they would have difficulty dealing with confusion and dementia. Personal, intimate care was also seen as a major stressor because of embarrassment.
V. Davey and M. Henwood
Community Care, May 15th-21st, 2003 p.40-41
Reports research on the scale of integrated or joint commissioning by health and social services of care for older people. Found that most activity in this field focused on the integrated or joint commissioning of intermediate care services. Found evidence of progress towards more coherent and integrated approaches, but this was far from complete.
Community Care, May 1st-7th 2003, p.32-34
In its early stages, dementia can now be treated by a range of new drugs, but people are often diagnosed too late to benefit from them. They are also often forced to pay for their care, as health authorities apply rigid criteria and label many people's health needs as social care. Health care is provided free by the NHS, but social care is means-tested and recipients are expected to contribute.
Age Concern, 2003
Provides an up-to-date guide to changes in legislation since 1993 and their impact on services to older people. Chapters cover:
Department of Health
Key findings are: