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LEAP framework

The LEAP (learning, evaluation and planning) framework is a toolkit designed to support a partnership approach to achieving change and improvement in the quality of community life. It has been used by policy makers, practitioners, and community activists in the fields of health education; adult learning; volunteering; and environmental planning. The framework will be of interest to anyone interested in using a partnership approach to improving outcomes for communities, service users and carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Who cares for the carers?

The authors, two counsellors, discuss their positive experience of being part of a counselling scheme for adult carers. The scheme, run by Torbay social services in partnership with the local NHS trust, offers carers up to 10 counselling sessions free of charge.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Evaluation of an early onset dementia service

Reports on a small research evaluation of the Early Onset Dementia (EOD) Service for younger people in North Tyneside. Results found that the service they provide in North Tyneside was well regarded by both carers and people with dementia.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers : social impact evaluation of five carers' centres using social return on investment

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is a UK-wide network of 144 independent Carers’ Centres, which offer support including information, training, facilitating access to statutory services and benefits reviews. The Trust supports the network by providing a national voice for carers, and facilitating The Network to provide carers with the support they need. This report shows that an investment of less than £5 million in services provided by five carers' centres resulted in at least £73 million worth of social gains in a year.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Illustrating the importance of including the views and experiences of users and carers in evaluating the effectiveness of drug treatments for dementia

Undertaking a literature review revealed that when evaluating the effectiveness of the drug treatments for dementia few studies purposefully explore the views of users and carers. Their views are mainly derived from secondary analysis of conventional scientific evidence. Where the views of users and carers were explored it was discovered that they evaluate the effectiveness of the drug treatments in terms of quality of life.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Carers of older people with dementia: assessment and the Carers Act

The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 came into force on 1 April 1996. It entitles carers who are providing substantial amounts of care on a regular basis to an assessment of their needs and ability to care. Local authorities are required to take the results of this assessment into account when making decisions about services. This paper reports the key findings of a two-year study, conducted in Wales, that evaluated the process and outcomes of assessments carried out under the auspices of the Carers Act.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Counsel of success

Reports on the evaluation of Dementia Care Trust's counselling service for carers, which now also offers counselling for people with dementia too.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Choice or chore? Carers' experiences of direct payments

Report using carers' experiences to assess the effectiveness and value of the direct payments system and make recommendations for improvements.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Caring for a relative with dementia: the perceptions of carers and CPNs

Older people with dementia living in the community are most likely to be cared for by other older people, predominantly spouses, who will be at increased risk of stress‐related health problems themselves. Appropriate support of such carers is crucial if carer breakdown and consequent care‐receiver admission to residential homes is to be avoided. This paper examines the experience of older carers of frail older people with dementia and examines the kind of support that is provided to such carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

An evaluation of palliative care services in the community

To develop palliative care services it is important to evaluate local services and identifiy any gaps in provision. In this study a mapping exercise and a postal questionannaire were used to attempt to canvass the views of patients and carers using a service in Gloucestershire. Reports on the methodology and the findings of the questionnaire.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09