European Societies, vol.8, 2006, p.361-383
This article categorises and analyses the various arrangements that allow older home care users more choice in OECD countries. Some states are experimenting with personal budgets which allow users to employ care assistants; others are giving older people the option of receiving cash to partly finance their long-term care; still others are trying out income support payments to informal caregivers. The paper goes on to review some country-specific outcomes in terms of care quality and to discuss some implications for employment and fiscal sustainability.
European Societies, vol.8, 2006, p.443-463
This analysis is focused on care of the elderly in Denmark as a case of consumerism in social care, but presents three generally applicable arguments about consumerism in social policy:
J. Costa-Font and M. Font-Vilalta
International Social Security Review, vol.59, Oct-Dec. 2006, p.91-110
This study examines arrangements for funding long-term care for frail older people in Spain and compares it with the situation elsewhere in Europe and in other developed countries such as the United States. In Spain, the family still largely provides informal long term care for the elderly, with some means tested public provision by local authorities. The authors argue that there is scope for the development of complementary private insurance schemes and the encouragement of saving to cover costs of future long term care.