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Updated review of research on risk and adult social care in England

This paper updates an earlier extensive review of research into the incidence and management of risk in adult social care in England, and addresses gaps identified in the earlier review. This paper aimed to identify only empirical research published since 2007 and concentrated on research conducted and published within the UK.

The review:

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Care and support for older people and carers in Bradford : their perspectives, aspirations and experiences

This study explored the needs, aspirations and expectations of older people and family carers from a range of ethnic communities in Bradford, regarding both formal paid care provision and help from family, friends and neighbours. The focus was on the accessibility, acceptability, appropriateness and responsiveness of services. The study found cross-cultural similarities as well as cultural specificities in experiences and expectations. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:16

Juggling work and care: the experiences of working carers of older adults

Employers are increasingly aware of the need for family-friendly policy and practice to be developed in the workplace in order to support those who have caring responsibilities for older adults, as well as, or instead of, children. A number of factors have contributed to this growing awareness, not least demographic changes, which have resulted in the ageing of Britain’s population, with potentially greater numbers of people needing care and support in old age in the future (Bernard and Phillips, 1998; George, 2001). Alongside this, there are fewer younger people in the population.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:14

Caring and earning among low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali people.

This research looks at the experiences and preferences of low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali people in balancing work and care responsibilities. It examines the particular challenges faced by these ethnic minority groups, and the challenges for employers and policy. It found that:

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Preparing for the future: people with learning disabilities and their ageing family carers

The update reports on an action research project which aimed to identify how best to support older family carers and their relatives with learning disabilities plan for a transition from living together in the family home. It found that there are eight distinct stages to this process. Moving on takes time and sensitivity on the part of services and workers. The process must develop at a pace and in a way that retains the confidence of the family carers. Firm plans are only realistic where a move is imminent. Where this is not the case preparation work is still vital. 3 refs. [Summary]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Mental health advocacy for black and minority ethnic users and carers

Over the last decade significant developments and debates have highlighted the disadvantages experienced by people who use mental health services.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Dementia: through the eyes of women

Dementia disproportionately affects women, but their experiences and voices are missing from research and literature. This project aimed to inspire people to think differently about women and dementia by using stories and reflections from individual women to inform the debate in a unique, inspiring and insightful way. The report shows:

  • there is often resistance to talking about dementia as a women’s issue;

  • research needs to focus on the voices, experiences and perceptions of women affected by dementia;

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Poverty and ethnicity. Balancing caring and earning for British Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali People

This report involved qualitative and quantitative research with low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali people regarding their experiences and preferences in balancing work and care. Existing policy on childcare and caring doesn’t appear to respond effectively to this challenge, while employers need to do more to enable well-paid flexible working and eliminate discrimination in recruitment and progression.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11