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Happy shopper? The problem with service users and carer participation

This critical commentary assesses the consequences and impact of forms of seemingly widespread, constructive and altruistic service user and carer participation (SUCP) within social work. In particular, and whilst drawing from Gramsci's understanding of hegemony and Levitas's critical interpretation of social exclusion, it is proposed that SUCP serves the interests of government, affiliated organizations, including those within social work and social care, and, perhaps more generally, the disparate needs generated by the neo-liberal-inspired social care market.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Association between cultural factors and the caregiving burden for Chinese spousal caregivers of frail elderly in Hong Kong

Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between cultural factors and the caregiving burden of Chinese spousal caregivers who provided care to their frail partners.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

National user and carer outcomes and local improvement targets for the joint future agenda

The Health and Community Care Ministerial Steering Group (MSG) of Scotland is leading the drive to “re-invigorate the Joint Future Agenda”, in order to improve outcomes for individuals and their carers. As part of this drive, it has decided that local partnerships should be asked to agree local improvement targets which could demonstrate improved outcomes, as a result of better joint working. It is likely that these local improvement targets will build on existing local performance frameworks which partnerships are already developing, eg.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Care Act 2014: chapter 23

The Care Act aims to make the care and support system clearer and fairer for those who need it. It includes provision for a national minimum eligibility threshold, gives carers a legal right to assessment, and reforms the way that care is paid for. The Act also makes provision about care standards, establishes and make provision about Health Education England, to establish and makes provision about the Health Research Authority. The Act was passed on 14 May 2014 and comes into force in April 2015.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Ticket to ride

Explains how Lancashire social services' voucher scheme is giving carers more choice and flexibility over respite care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

The experience of carers in supporting people with intellectual disabilities through the process of bereavement: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Background: This study explored the personal experiences of family carers and residential care staff in supporting adults with intellectual disabilities through the process of bereavement.

Method: A semi-structured interview was used to interview 11 carers on their experience of supporting adults with intellectual disabilities through the process of bereavement. The transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA).

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Perceptions of psychosis, coping, appraisals, and psychological distress in the relatives of patients with schizophrenia: an exploration using self-regulation theory

OBJECTIVE: Following Leventhal's self-regulation model, the purpose of the present study was to provide an examination of the relationship between psychosis perceptions, coping strategies, appraisals, and distress in the relatives of patients with schizophrenia.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Young carers' draft regulations: Government consultation

This consultation seeks the views of interested parties on the draft Young Carers' (Needs Assessments) (England) Regulations to put into effect Section of the Children and Families Act 2014. A local authority must assess whether a young carer within their area has needs for support and, if so, what those needs are, if - (a) it appears to the authority that the young carer may have needs for support, or; (b) the authority receives a request from the young carer or a parent of the young carer to assess the young carer's needs for support.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

The relationship between self-efficacy and positive aspects of caregiving in Alzheimer's disease caregivers

Objectives: Positive aspects of the caregiving experience may buffer caregivers from the many negative psychological and physical consequences of caregiving. Understanding what factors relate to the recognition of positive aspects of caregiving is important for the enhancement of caregiver well-being. Self-efficacy is a potentially modifiable psychological construct that has been associated with positive thinking, improved control of negative affect, and enhanced motivation.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Still a long way to go in responding to people's needs

Outlines some important messages from a major project, carried out by Dementia Voice, to consult people with dementia and carers about the services they receive. The consultations were part of a larger project, funded by Devon social services, to help care agencies in Devon to develop guidelines for intermediate care for people with dementia.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

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