Working with Older People: Volume 12 Issue 4

Practical approaches to work, leisure, lifestyle and learning


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Explaining about … health and social care commissioning

Deborah Klée

While the NHS and local government are developing their understanding of commissioning and are busy with plans for the personalisation of services and ‘world class commissioning’…

Running a care home

Ann Mackay

Services that are commissioned need to balance demands for higher standards, the needs of local communities and person‐centred delivery with ever‐tightening budgets. But, says Ann…

The cost of living

Kate Rees

Ann Mackay's article highlighted the costs involved in running a care home. Here, Kate Rees tells the other side of the story from her mother's perspective ‐ who changed from an…

The cost of unpaid caring

Alex Fox

Caring takes time and, as we know, time costs. With an ageing population that is living longer, there is less time and less money to be allocated to older people. In this article…

Care contradictions: putting people first

Caroline Bernard, Anna Passingham

There is growing evidence that local authorities are providing care only to those people who are deemed to be the most critically in need, while many people are being forced to…

Self‐assessment and self‐managed care

Oliver Mills

Since the government published Putting People First, there has been a raft of circulars, pilots, policies, reports and strategies bringing the personalisation agenda ever closer…

Individual budgets

Caroline Marsh

Individual budgets allow the service user to take control and make decisions about the care that they receive. Manchester was one of 13 local authority development sites chosen by…

Dementia ‐ putting people at the centre

Toby Williamson

In the last couple of years, the government has made dementia a policy priority and 2008 has seen the publication of the first ever national dementia strategy for England. Here…

My Work

Richard Humphries

Richard Humphries has enjoyed an impressive career, working his way from a trainee social worker in the late 1970s to the Care Services Improvement Partnership where he was Chief…

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