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

Milosevic, Sarah, Evans, Simon ORCID:, Brooker, Dawn ORCID: and Upton, Dominic (2012) Exploring and Improving Access to Direct Payments by People with Dementia Living in Rural Communities. In: University of Worcester Postgraduate Student Conference, 15 June 2012, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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Direct payments are cash payments made to individuals eligible for social care services which allow them to manage and pay for their own social care rather than receiving it directly from their Local Authority. 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. People living in rural communities may particularly benefit from the additional flexibility offered by direct payments; however they may face difficulties accessing appropriate services.

The aim of Phase 1 of the research is to explore the reasons why people with dementia who live in rural communities do or do not gain access to direct payments. This will be achieved through analysis of direct payment uptake data, focus groups with social workers, examination of online discussions about direct payments, and interviews with people with dementia, carers and social workers. Findings will inform Phase 2 of the research: the building and pilot testing of an intervention which can be utilised in rural communities to maximise access to direct payments by people with dementia.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: direct payments, dementia, rural communities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
Depositing User: Sarah Milosevic
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 09:31
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:00

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