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Exploring 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 Access to Direct Payments by People with Dementia Living in Rural Communities. In: British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference: Emerging Researchers in Ageing Pre-Conference Meeting, 10 September 2013, Oxford University. (Unpublished)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. There is a lack of research to date in this area which addresses the factors of dementia, ageing and rurality in unison. Therefore the 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, and existing online discussions regarding direct payments were examined. It was found that direct payments tended to be seen as a fall back option, for example as the only alternative to residential care, or as a potential solution to problems experienced by existing social care service users. 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. It is therefore important that this group are enabled to access direct payments; ensuring direct payments are viewed as a positive option by all stakeholders is key to this.

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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
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Depositing User: Sarah Milosevic
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 10:58
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 14:16
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2614

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