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Improving employment opportunities for carers: identifying and sharing good practice

This study collected, assessed and synthesised evidence of what works in supporting carer employment. Working in partnership with CIRCLE at Leeds University, the study included expert interviews, case study work, a survey of recent participants and secondary analysis of local labour market conditions for carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

The Triangle of Care: carers included

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the Triangle of Care, a project designed to provide a guide to professionals on how to better include and support carers in mental health services.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a case study of the Triangle of Care.

Findings – The Triangle of Care provides an opportunity for services to address their obligations to carers and service users alike whilst improving their own skills and knowledge.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

The 'sandwich generation': Women caring for parents and children

Data from the National Longitudinal Survey are used to estimate the number and characteristics of women 45 to 56 years old who care for both their children and their parents; these women transfer a significant amount of money to their children and time to their parents.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Living well with dementia: A participation and engagement programme for people with dementia and their carers. Development and evaluation report.

This report outlines the developmental process and evaluation outcomes of a pilot Participation and Engagement programme for people with dementia and their carers, designed and delivered in the north east of England from June 2013 to December 2014. The programme was commissioned by the North East Dementia Alliance and developed through a collaboration with the North of England Mental Health Development Unit (NEMHDU) and leadership experts Karen Picking & Associates. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:22

The Triangle of Care: Carers included: A guide to best practice for dementia care

The Triangle of Care describes a therapeutic relationship between the person with dementia (patient), staff member and carer that promotes safety, supports communication and sustains wellbeing.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Personal health budget holders and family carers. The POET Surveys 2015

The purpose of the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) survey 2015 for Personal Health Budget Holders and Family Carers is to provide insight into the experiences of personal health budget holders and their families. The survey also shows the impact having control over the budget has on their lives.

The findings of POET can be used by NHS and local authorities to assess the effectiveness of their delivery methods and to identify priorities for improving the process.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Practice often fails to take carers' own wider needs into account during service user personalisation

Our unique study explores how carers are often inadequately considered during personalisation processes for service users, particularly, older people and those with learning disabilities.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Who cares for caregivers? Evidence-based approaches to family support

Currently, more than one in 10 Americans are caregivers, and projections suggest exponential increases in caregiving in the years ahead. Not only is the population growing older, but the spike, in particular, created by the aging of some 78 million baby boomers portends far greater demand. Families continue to represent the lion’s share of caregivers and their caregiving efforts are substantial in every sense of the word. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

Meta review of international evidence on interventions to support carers

Given the increasingly valuable and essential role that carers play in society, it is timely to undertake a comprehensive review of the research literature on interventions for carers. The present overview of the evidence base relating to the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of support was intended to inform thinking by the Department of Health and the Standing Commission on Carers about how best to improve outcomes for carers, as well as identifying future research areas. We must emphasise here that this review is of interventions developed specifically to support carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Survey nonresponse among informal caregivers: effects on the presence and magnitude of associations with caregiver burden and satisfaction

Background: Informal caregiving is becoming more relevant with current trends such as population ageing. However, little is known about nonconsent and nonresponse bias in caregiving research. We investigated nonconsent and nonresponse bias in a sample of informal caregivers who participated in the LifeLines Cohort Study, and were invited for participation in an additional caregiving study.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

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