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Monetising the provision of informal long-term care by elderly people: estimates for European out-of-home caregivers based on the well-being valuation method

Providing informal care can be both a burden and a source of satisfaction. To understand the welfare effect on caregivers, we need an estimate of the ‘shadow value’ of informal care, an imputed value for the non-market activity. We use data from the 2006–2007 Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe which offers the needed details on 29,471 individuals in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Of these, 9768 are unpaid non-co-resident caregivers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

How woodlands and forests enhance mental well-being

Woods and forests can enhance the psychological well-being with early stage dementia. In this article, the author reports on initial findings from a pilot programme of activities based in an urban woodland setting for people with early stage dementia. Activities included woodland walks, tree planting, nature photography, fire lighting and woodland cookery. Data were collected through observing the activities and interviewing the people with dementia, carers and staff at the end of the 10-week programme.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Tailored resource for carers and care providers on supporting people to live well with dementia

This resource is aimed at both care providers and carers focusing on the key messages from the dementia quality standard and explaining how each quality statement relates to each audience. It provides links to key resources, further information, and practical tools which are relative to carers and care providers as appropriate. Drawing on existing guidance, NICE quality standards describe the high priority areas for quality improvement using a set of specific, concise and measurable statements.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

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