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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2006): Care of the elderly - UK

Care home fees “have risen 50pc in five years”

S.Womack

Daily Telegraph, April 28th 2006, p.2

70,000 people a year are forced to sell their homes to pay for care according to a report from Age Concern which finds 50% price rises in care home fees since 2001. Care homes claim prices had previously been artificially low. A second report from the Rowntree Foundation calls for urgent reforms to make a more coherent and fair state-funded system, proposing, among other things, a scheme enabling equity release for home owners, to pay for domiciliary care.

[See also Times, April 28th 2006, p.31]

Delivering housing care and support services for Asian elders

M. Santokhee

Housing, Care and Support, vol.9, Apr. 2006, p.6-9

Describes Aashna House, a residential home for frail older Asians which offers a culturally sensitive service. Key characteristics of the scheme include:

  1. Active celebration of all religions
  2. Asian staff competent in communicating with residents in their mother tongue
  3. Observation of dietary requirements
  4. Accommodation of single elders and couples

Service provision for people with dementia in rural Scotland: difficulties and innovations

A. Innes and others

Dementia, vol.5, 2006, p.249-270

This article draws on a descriptive research study examining service providers’ views about health and social care for older people with dementia and their carers living in remote and rural areas of Scotland. It discusses the reported difficulties of providing dementia services in rural Scotland (distance and lack of transport, costs, lack of choice, and staff shortages) and considers some examples of innovations to address these difficulties (transport provision, outreach services and joint working).

Stigma and dementia: East European and South Asian family carers negotiating stigma in the UK

J. Mackenzie

Dementia, vol.5, 2006, p.233-247

This article draws on the findings of a three-year project to develop culturally appropriate support group materials for South Asian and East European family carers of relatives with dementia living in the UK. Analysis of interview data shows how understandings of dementia in different cultures and communities can give rise to stigma which influences the willingness of family carers to seek support or use services.

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