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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2004): Care of the Elderly - UK

A DELAY THEY CAN ILL AFFORD: DELAYS IN OBTAINING ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE FOR OLDER, TERMINALLY ILL CANCER PATIENTS, AND THE ROLE OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PROFESSIONALS IN REDUCING THEM

G. Nosowska

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.12, 2004, p.283-287

Anyone in the UK over 65 years of age who has a terminal illness and whose prognosis is less than six months is entitled to Attendance Allowance under special rules. Article draws on a study of the delays in obtaining Attendance Allowance experienced by a small sample of 22 hospice patients with terminal cancer, and the role that health and social care professionals can play in reducing them.

RESPONDING TO THE HARASSMENT AND ABUSE OF OLDER PEOPLE IN THE PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR: LEGAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES

N. Carlton

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol.26, 2004, p.131-145

The article reports on the abuse and harassment suffered by some older people in the private rented sector using data from a study by Help the Aged. It details disputes with landlords, for example, concerning illegal eviction and failure to carryout repairs. It then considers the barriers to justice elderly people face before looking at social alternatives to legal proceedings, drawing on the framework relating to the protection of vulnerable adults.

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