Widening choices for older people with high support needs – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

Posted on January 15, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Widening choices for older people with high support needs – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

“Older people with high support needs want greater choice and control over their lives and a wider range of options.

This study identifies the benefits and potential of options based on mutuality (people supporting each other) and / or reciprocity (people contributing to individual and group well-being).

The study found that:

■Spending time identifying and understanding existing local models and arrangements will help commissioners widen their range of options;
■Adapting ways of working from other countries, e.g. Denmark, could stimulate further development in the UK;
■Planning, contracting and procurement rules need to be revised to stimulate the development of different models and ensure smaller-scale, relationship-based services are not damaged; and
■Communicating the range and benefits of different models to older people, their families, the wider public and frontline staff will raise awareness, increase take up, and drive local developments.”

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