Supporting choice? Older people and personal budgets

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Martin Stevens examines research into how councils are implementing personal budgets for older people and has important questions about supporting choice.

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The meanings of dementia care settings through dress

'It is important to see that ‘dressing’ is not the only time care home staff and residents manage clothing and accoutrements.

In this blog, Jill Manthorpe finds out how a ‘cultural gerontology’ study into dementia and dress can help with good practice in residential and nursing homes.

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Organisational co-production and social prescribing for dementia

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Mike Clark considers some of the challenges of organisational co-production revealed by a study on social prescribing for people living with dementia.

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What influences adherence to exercise programs for older people?

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In this blog, Tracey Howe considers a recent systematic review on how people monitor and measure adherence to exercise and if any factors influence people’s adherence to exercise programmes.

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The Goldies: a community-based singing programme for successful ageing

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In her debut blog, Jane Greenstock considers research on how community arts programmes such as singing clubs may contribute to prevention for older people.

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Dementia and hospitalisation: how do family carers respond?

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Clarissa Giebel analyses an Australian qualitative study into family carer feelings and responses, when their loved one with dementia is admitted to hospital.

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Jobs for the girls? Intergenerational care and gender inequality in Europe

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Martin Stevens discusses research on gender inequality and intergenerational patterns of care in Europe and reveals possible potential implications for current social care reform.

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Measuring concepts of dementia in UK Asian communities

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Caroline Struthers critically analyses research on a tool to capture understandings of dementia in UK South Asian communities and wonders about the application of the study to social care practice.

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Which quality of life measure is best for care homes?

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Clarissa Giebel interrogates a systematic review on quality of life measures for people living in care homes and discovers what’s best for people with dementia as well as those without.

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Policy impacts on home care services for older people

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Mike Clark provides a timely commentary on research into the impact of personalisation on home care services for older people and finds inherent tensions between choice, competition and the desire for improving the relational aspects of direct care.

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