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Welfare reform on the Web (June 2007): Care of the elderly - UK

Bitter inheritance

S. Gainsbury

PublicFinanace, Apr. 27th-May 3rd 2007, p.18-21

Cash-strapped councils are ratcheting up eligibility criteria for social care and raising charges for those who can pay for services. Pensioners and their families are increasingly being required to fund their own care. The article considers some alternatives for funding social care for older people, including a hypothecated tax on inheritance and a system of co-payments under which basic care would be free but extra services co-funded by the state and the individual.

The elderly 'deserve care funding review'

S. Womack

Daily Telegraph, May 7th 2007, p.8

Ivan Lewis, minister responsible for cares services admitted in an interview that funding for the care of the elderly is in crisis. Currently local councils only provide care to those deemed ‘critical’ forcing most people to rely on their savings to pay for private care. Over one million people aged over the age of 65 use local authority care services and the number is expected to double over the next 40 years. A YouGov poll found that more than a third of respondents expect the state to finance at least part of their care. As longevity increases and as people spend the latter part of their lives in relatively ill health, a drastic overhaul of the current care system is needed.

Mean cuisine?

N. Valios

Community Care, May 10th 2007, p. 34-36

Malnutrition is a significant problem in care homes for older people. This article calls for mandatory training for all care and kitchen staff so that they know what to cook and how to serve it and can identify symptoms of malnutrition.

Person-centred dementia care: making services better

D. Brooker

London: J. Kingsley, 2007

The book explains the four key elements of person-centred care that comprise the VIPS model: Valuing people with dementia and those who care for them (V); treating people as Individuals (I); looking at the world from the Perspective of the person with dementia (P); and a positive Social environment in which the person living with dementia can experience relative well-being (S). It begins with a look at the origins of person-centred care and the proliferation of care processes and tools that now fall under this heading. The rest of the book is concerned with spelling out what the four elements of person-centred care look like in practice.

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