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Carers in the region: a profile of the South East

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 South East region. In 2001 there were 732,483 carers in the South East region, which is 9% of the region’s population.

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MyCare: the challenges facing young carers of parents with a severe mental illness

Adults with severe and enduring mental health problems are amongst the most marginalised and vulnerable people in our society. In providing care for these individuals, mental health professionals may potentially overlook the fact that many of these people are also parents: • There are an estimated 50,000 – 200,000 young people in the UK caring for a parent with mental health problems. • Many of these young people will provide help and support for a parent. • Some of these young people will be providing care beyond a level that is appropriate for their age. They will be ‘young carers’.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

A preliminary analysis of dementia in Wales

In 2009 a project brief was drawn up for a preliminary analysis relating to the current knowledge about and provision for people with dementia in Wales1 . The brief was to undertake some initial fact finding from people with dementia, their carers, some expert professionals and from desk top research to inform a possible wider review of dementia services at a future date.

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Pippa Kelly: A former carer's perspective

Pippa Kelly is a former carer and an award-winning writer on elderly care and dementia.

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The Forgotten Age. Understanding poverty and social exclusion in later life. Interim report

This is a two-part review. Here we present the nature and scale of the challenge our new Government faces if it is to tackle poverty and social exclusion in later life. In publishing this report I would like to thank Sara McKee and the Working Group, as well as Christian Guy, Paul Langlois and James Mumford at the CSJ, for their efforts. The second report, to be published next year, will set out a reform agenda based on this analysis. We are fully aware of the extreme public expenditure pressures that the next years entail, and the review will take these adverse circumstances into account.

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Rest assured? A study of unpaid carers’ experiences of short breaks

This report describes the findings of research carried out between August and December 2011 into the experiences of unpaid carers in accessing and using short breaks (respite care). The study explored, from the carers’ perspective the benefits of short breaks (provided by formal services and family and friends), good practice in planning and provision, deficits and areas for improvement. Research findings are based on 1210 responses to a Scotland-wide survey distributed through carer organisations, four focus groups involving 36 carers and 13 interviews.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Personalisation for people from black and minority ethnic groups

The term ‘personalisation’ means different things to different people but, as used both by the previous Labour and current Coalition governments, it is about tailoring services to people’s own circumstances and giving them more control over the amount and type of support they receive. This briefing looks at how personalisation can increase access to healthcare for people from black and minority ethnic communities, but also considers some of the challenges that it may bring.

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Powerful People. Reinforcing the power of citizens and communities in health and care

This report argues for giving citizens greater control over their own health and care, so that services are redesigned around their needs and aspirations, to improve health outcomes, and to save money by supporting people better to manage their conditions themselves.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Support for carers of older people

This is the fifth report in the Audit Commission’s series looking at ways to promote the independence and well-being of older people, the previous reports have focused on: ● what independence means for older people (Ref. 1); ● what local authorities, working with other agencies, can do to promote independence and well-being for all of their older citizens (Ref. 2); ● ways of doing this for older people who have become frail (Ref. 3); and ● the role that assistive technology can play (Ref. 4). 2 Many frail older people rely on care provided by relatives or friends.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Informal Care and Employment in England: Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey

More than 40% of the respondents in the British Household Panel Survey provide informal care at least for one year within the period 1991-2003 and carers are usually less likely to hold simultaneously a paid job. There is little evidence on the mechanism that links informal care provision and labour market outcomes. This paper provides evidence on the pathways through which this pattern arises using a multivariate dynamic panel data model that accounts for state-dependence, feedback effects and correlated unobserved heterogeneity.

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