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

Milosevic, Sarah, Evans, Simon ORCID:, Brooker, Dawn ORCID: and Upton, Dominic (2013) Exploring Access to Direct Payments by People with Dementia Living in Rural Communities. In: 8th UK Dementia Congress, 5-7 November 2013, Nottingham. (Unpublished)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, particularly amongst people with dementia. Those living in rural communities may experience additional barriers to direct payments, such as transport issues and difficulty recruiting carers. 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 and use of 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 about direct payments contributed to by social care staff, people with dementia and their carers 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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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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
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Depositing User: Sarah Milosevic
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 09:38
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:00

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