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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2005): Care of the Elderley - UK

Design principal

T. Philpot

Community Care, Sept.8th-14th 2005, p.36-37

Report of an interview with Mary Marshall about her pioneering work on how building design can help people with cognitive impairment, such as dementia sufferers, to cope.

Place, policy and practitioners: on rehabilitation, independence and the therapeutic landscape in the changing geography of care provision to older people in the UK

G.P. Martin and others

Social Science and Medicine, vol. 61, 2005, p.1893-1904

Paper considers the role of place in care and rehabilitation through the testimony of practitioners working in the new field of intermediate care. This service is aimed primarily at older people, with a view to preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and facilitating earlier discharges. The study considers how healthcare provision in a number of places (hospitals, care homes, day centres, patients' own homes) interacts with the emotive and social aspects of those settings, and how this creates environments that are more or less therapeutic for clients. It is suggested that the therapeutic environment is not a straightforward notion, but crucially dependent on the social, symbolic and policy contexts of care provision.

Poorer families struggling to meet care bills for elderly

S. Womack

The Daily Telegraph, September 15th 2005, p.12

The system of paying for long-term care for the elderly is 'unfair and incoherent', according to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. At present, some people get all costs paid by the NHS and others receive very little. It suggests raising the threshold for help in care costs so that people could keep more of the proceeds from selling their own homes.

Profiling intermediate care patients using the single assessment process: a road to better service provision?

M. Mackenzie, I. Carpenter and K. Kotiadis

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.13, Aug. 2005, p.43-48

Article demonstrates how data from a single assessment process (SAP) tool can be used to characterise different groups of elderly intermediate care patients, predict the likelihood of admission to a given service such as long term care, identify gaps in provision and provide information for service planning.

Standards in dementia care

A. Burns (editor)

London: Taylor & Francis, 2005

The European Dementia Consensus Network (EDCON) was formed by opinion leaders from the fields of old-age psychiatry, neurology and geriatric medicine in order to evaluate and improve the clinical management of patients with dementia across the continent. This volume summarizes the work of the EDCON working group on Standards in Dementia Care. Chapters compare and contrast differences in clinical practice and the provision of services throughout Europe, and examine the various roles involved in multi-disciplinary care of patients with dementia.

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