Community care for older people which respects choice and quality of life Well-being and Choice in Services for Older People



A website for social care and health care which promotes service users' own priorities and their well-being and quality of life


England's 2005 social care Green Paper, Independence, Well-being and Choice, offered support for everyone who wants to see community care for older people become:

-    more responsive to the priorities of each individual service user,

-    ready to address older people's well-being and quality of life,

-    more flexible and capable of meeting a wide variety of service users' needs.

This website offers a base for publications, discussion and weblinks which advance such aims and seek to make the personal care budgets, announced by Putting People First in December 2007, a route to flexible, person-centred care for older people.


 'Caring for the whole person: home care for older people which promotes well-being and choice'

Complete findings from the in-depth, final stage of the research project on flexible, person-centred home care for older people, which was funded by the Department of Health and conducted at the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, during 2001-2005.  This research gives practical guidance for making home care more person-centred and supportive of older people's well-being and for preparing for transition to personal care budgets, the individual budgets announced by  Putting People First in December 2007. Click on the title for a link towards full text of this key publication on person-centred care - and links to other publications from this three-part research project.


Reducing depression among older people receiving care 

A project in North Yorkshire which demonstrated, through a controlled research trial, how a holistic, person-centred approach by care staff can reduce depression and improve well-being among older people receiving care services. While the test of this approach concerned improving the well-being of depressed older people in care homes, the same methods can be applied in other types of care service for older people. Click on the title for a link to summaries of the research findings and in-depth information on the project's intervention methods.


Choices for end of life care: The Standards We Expect

A 2008 research project report on how to give older people greater say over circumstances around the end of their lives.


The Joseph Rowntree Foundationís illustrations of low-level support schemes for older people.

The JRF Older Peopleís Steering Group (November 2005) has listed a set of schemes which illustrate how older people can be supported in many different areas of life. The examples are intended to inspire local service development.


Research project 'Management and effectiveness of the home care service', Social Work Research and Development Unit, University of York.

Evidence for promoting a holistic, care co-ordinating role by home care staff for older people.


UK Inquiry into Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life

A UK-wide project which aims to raise awareness of mental health and well-being in later life, empower older people, build an evidence base, and influence policy and planning.


Individual Budgets

Drawing from services for people with learning disabilities, 'In Control' developed an approach which offers key foundations for the individualised care budgets now made national policy by Putting People First in December 2007.  An article explains the foundations of this approach.


The Standards We Expect

Some publications from a research and development project aimed at encouraging and guiding the development of person centred support across the whole age range in adult social care. This UK-wide project is supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


Outcomes-oriented approaches, which can increase the flexibility of social care services


The 2005 social care Green Paper, 'Independence, Well-being and Choice'.



Organisations relevant to social care for older people

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