Kate Baxter

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Kate Baxter is a Senior Research Fellow in the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), part of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York. Since joining SPRU in 2005, Kate’s research has centred on social care for adults and older people, home care, personal budgets and, more recently, self-funders. Recent projects have focussed on self-funders’ information needs and financial advice about paying for social care; the interface between social care and discharges from hospital; and integrated personal commissioning.


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Older people’s decisions about extra-care housing

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Kate Baxter discusses a paper by Hillcoat-Nallétamby about the limitations of rational choice theory as an approach to understanding choice-making processes among older people around the decision to move into extra-care housing schemes.

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Subjective experiences trump hard evidence: older people’s choice of residential care


Kate Baxter reviews a study by Trigg et al. (2018) which explores and compares the type and quantity of information that makes people feel comfortable when choosing a residential care home in the UK, Netherlands and Spain.

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