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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 1999): Care of the Elderly - UK

AGE CONCERNS

A. Iziren
People Management, vol.5, May 20th 1999, p. 50-52

Describes work-based eldercare schemes, which have become the latest in a line of family friendly initiatives, with one centre flourishing and two more set to open in the UK this year.

AGE OF REASON

H. Glennerster and D. Piachaud
Guardian. Society, June 23rd 1999, p. 1-2

Argues against the means testing of state help with costs of long term care for the elderly on the grounds that it penalises thrift, and encourages fraud. Private insurance for long term care has proved unpopular since the products are expensive and it is impossible to predict whether or not one will ever need to claim.

OLDER COUPLES AND LONG-TERM CARE: THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF ONE SPOUSE ENTERING PRIVATE OR VOLUNTARY RESIDENTIAL CARE

R. Hancock and F. Wright
Ageing and Society, vol.19, 1999, p. 209-237

The financial complexities and consequences for a couple where one partner goes into long-term residential care deserve to be more widely recognised. Data from the Family Income and Expenditure Survey are used to examine the financial implications for couples of one spouse entering residential or nursing home care, taking into account local authority procedures for assessing residents' contributions to charges and Income Support Rules as they apply to both spouses.

SHELTERED HOUSING AND COMMUNITY CARE

A. Nocon and N. Pleace
Social Policy and Administration, vol.33, 1999, p. 164-180

Research suggests that, rather than being integrated into the community care policy as another means of delivering personal care (which is essentially the function of very sheltered housing) ordinary sheltered housing can instead complement mainstream community care in very important ways. Not only can it offer decent housing for older people to which personal care can be delivered, but it can also provide social and practical support that can improve an older person's quality of life.

WHERE CAN I GO? HOUSING ADVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Age Concern and Housing Association Charitable Trust
London, 1999

Reviews the housing advice needs of older people, using case studies and focus groups. Lists a number of policy and practice recommendations aimed at national and local government, statutory and independent housing advice agencies, and social housing providers, to ensure that older people have access to a range of information, advice, support and advocacy.

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