carers

This document is for local authorities engaged in planning and delivering services to support older carers and summarises ILC -UK and the National Centre for Social Research's Living and caring?: an investigation of the experience of older carers. It gives key points, the background and the characteristics of care provision and discusses access to services, leisure, health, housing, and quality of life and care recipients.

Paper considering ways in which health and social services can re-shape their policies and practices in order to help dementia sufferers and their carers maintain as independent a life as possible given that cases of dementia are set to increase in the future.

Report reviewing the progress and achievements of the Mental Health and Well-being in Later Life Programme which aimed to identify and encourage factors which bring about healthy ageing. The programme consisted of three strands, namely research and dissemination of knowledge, capacity building and resource development.

This survey explored how effectively young carers were identified by councils and their partners. It also examined the assessment and delivery of services for young carers and their families. The survey used evidence from visits to council areas, focus groups with young carers and meetings with those who provide young carer support services.

Leaflet containing information and advice to help agencies consult with and involve people with learning disabilities and their carers more closely and effectively in the planning and development of local services.

Guide containing information and advice to enable local agencies to help people with learning disabilities and their carers become involved in community planning more fully.

The Scottish Government is establishing two new improvement and scrutiny bodies for healthcare and for social care and social work. These changes, which are part of a wider simplification of the public sector, should lead to improvements and better checking of health, social care and social work services in Scotland. This conference was organised to make sure that the views of people who use services and of equality groups could be heard. The conference had two main purposes: to tell people about the changes; and to hear the views of the people affected.

Report of a study which assessed the role of respite care for various groups including children with complex needs, adults with learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia sufferers and frail elderly people. It also identified the most appropriate outcome measures for use with these groups in the evaluation of respite care.

Booklet explaining the different ways service users or carers can assist with the work of the Faculty of Health & Social Care at the Open University. Opportunities available include the development of courses and the selection and training of students.

Factsheet providing information and advice on sources of help available to all those caring for family members or friends in Scotland. Topics covered include carers' assessments, emotional support, financial matters and making a complaint.