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Exploring and Improving Access to Direct Payments by People with Dementia Living in Rural Communities

Milosevic, Sarah and Evans, Simon and Brooker, Dawn and Upton, Dominic (2013) Exploring and Improving Access to Direct Payments by People with Dementia Living in Rural Communities. In: University of Worcester Postgraduate Research Conference, 28 June 2013, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Direct payments are cash payments made to individuals eligible for social care services which allow them to manage their own social care. Research suggests that direct payments can enable people with dementia to stay in their own home for longer and experience greater choice, flexibility and an improved social life. However uptake of direct payments is currently low. The first objective of this research was to explore the experiences of people with dementia living in rural communities, in relation to their access to direct payments. 26 semi-structured interviews were conducted with people with dementia in receipt of social care services in the community, and their carers and social workers. Focus groups were carried out with two community social work teams. Direct payments appeared to afford particular benefits to people with dementia and to those living in rural communities in terms of flexibility, continuity of care and access to local facilities. However it was found that many service users were daunted by the thought of managing their own social care budget. The second objective of the research was to design and pilot test an intervention aimed at increasing uptake of direct payments by people with dementia. This comprised a session delivered to a team of social workers, aimed at encouraging them to offer combined direct payments to service users as a potentially less daunting alternative to full direct payments. Combined direct payments enable service users to receive part of their social care budget as a direct payment while the remainder is retained and managed by the Local Authority. In order to evaluate the intervention direct payment uptake will be examined for the six-month period before and after the intervention session, and social workers in the intervention team will be interviewed about their experiences of offering combined direct payments to service users.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: direct payments, dementia, rural communities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Depositing User: Sarah Milosevic
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 10:47
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 14:17
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2613

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