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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

Supporting young carers : identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of young carers and their families

This small-scale survey explored how effectively young carers were identified by councils and their partners. It also examined the assessment and delivery of services for young carers and their families. It drew on evidence from visits to eight council areas, focus groups with young carers and meetings with those who provide young carer support services

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Carers' Needs and The Carers Act: An evaluation of the process and outcomes of assessment

This report documents the findings of a two year study looking at the impact of the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 in four local authority social services departments in northern England. The work was funded by the Department of Health under the Outcomes for Social Care initiative. We began the study in November 1997, two years after the full implementation of the Carers Act. The specific research questions the study addressed were: 1. what are the results of national policy in terms of local policy and practice in selected authorities? 2.

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More than a million: understanding the UK's carers of people with cancer

This report contains the findings of research conducted among people in the UK who care for someone with cancer by providing them with informal unpaid help and support. Ipsos MORI conducted this research on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support who wanted to determine the number and profile of people caring for someone with cancer in the UK. The organisation also wanted to understand the impact of caring on their lives, including the need for support. 

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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.

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Practical approaches to co-production: building effective partnerships with people using services, carers, families and citizens

Co-production is one of four elements which define successful change. The additional elements are defined as subsidiarity, leadership and system alignment1 . It is clear that engagement of people who use services, carers, families and citizens needs to be a core element of all four change principles for genuine and sustainable change to be achieved. This document provides a brief overview of the different approaches to co-production and acknowledges the individual voices and approaches which exist in the co-production sphere.

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Informal care for older people provided by their adult children: projections of supply and demand to 2041 in England

The paper examines trends in the probability of providing intense care for older parents over the fifteen years between 1985 and 2000, and asks what would happen to the numbers of people providing care to older parents if these trends were to continue in the coming decades. Because the present study is based on an analysis of past trends in provision of informal care, it allows for some key assumptions underlying the projections of informal care in future years to be examined empirically.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Focus on social care for older people

Focus On: Social care for older people by Sharif Ismail, Ruth Thorlby and Holly Holder, tracks a period of real-terms reductions in Government revenue allocations to local authorities, who provide publicly-funded social care.

The research, which is part of the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation’s QualityWatch programme, reveals that most local authorities are tightly rationing social care for the over-65s in response to cuts, resulting in significant drops in the number of people receiving services.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

The state of social care in England 2004-05: a summary

Social care services support children and families in the community through a wide range of social work, child protection, early years, fostering and adoption and other services. Older people, people with learning difficulties, those with mental ill health and disabled people are supported by social work, home.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Carers in the region: a profile of the East of England

The Carers in the Region profiles have been commissioned by the Department of Health to provide information about carers at the regional level for each of the 9 English regions. These profiles include data on the number and characteristics of carers in each region as well as information about carer health and well-being. This profile provides information covering the East of England region. In 2001 there were 517,877 carers in the East of England region, which is 10% of the region’s population.

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