home care

Home care re-ablement services: investigating the longer-term impacts (prospective longitudinal study)

This study aimed to provide robust evidence on the immediate and longer-term benefits of home care re-ablement, by comparing outcomes for users of home care re-ablement with outcomes for people using conventional home care services; identify factors affecting the level and duration of benefits for service users; estimate the unit costs of home care re-ablement services; identify impacts on and savings in the use of social care and other services that could offset the costs of re-ablement; and describe the content of home care re-ablement services.

Telecare and telehealth: what it is and how to get it

This guide gives offers information about what telecare and telehealth is, how to get it and information to help people decide whether it is the right solution for them.

Support.Stay.Save: care and support of people with dementia in their own homes

This report from the Alzheimer’s Society reveals that many people with dementia and carers receive insufficient support and care at home. It also found that the home care workers who responded regularly worked with people with dementia and understood that they could have a good quality of life. First published in January 2011.

At a glance 24: Ethical issues in the use of telecare

This At a glance briefing examines the ethical issues which local strategies and protocols should reflect and which practitioners should think about when supporting people to use telecare services.

Home care services, Scotland 2010

The purpose of this statistics release is to present the latest national figures for home care services provided or purchased by local authorities in Scotland. All local authorities in Scotland provide Home Care services which give people the support, practical help and personal care that they need to live as independently as possible in the community.

Homecare re-ablement toolkit

Care Services Efficiency Delivery (CSED) developed this toolkit to help councils looking to introduce a new homecare re-ablement service or extend or improve an existing service. It has been developed as a practical project support to councils and builds on extensive work done by CSED in compiling a body of evidence on how homecare re-ablement services are helping to appropriately reduce the level of ongoing homecare support required; and working actively with councils to identify successful approaches, learning points and best practice.

Adult protection toolkit for domiciliary care agencies

Toolkit that signposts homecare providers to everything they need to write or review policies and procedures for protecting vulnerable adults from harm. It has been designed to equip providers with information on: the nature of abuse, and how it is defined; national guidance on adult protection by all four UK administrations; regulatory requirements on dealing with abuse in domiciliary care; processes for keeping abusers out of the social care workforce; issues surrounding the management of finances, whistleblowing and confidentiality; and training including induction and supervision.

Options for care funding: What could be done now?

Many experts, the public and the Government agree that the UK needs a new care funding system: evidence shows that the present system is unfair, unclear and unsustainable. This summary updates a Solutions produced in 2007, and suggests four costed, fairer and more sustainable methods of funding.

BBC Radio 4: Debate on social care - disability

BBC Radio 4 Your and Yours programme with Ivan Lewis, Lord Sutherland and Lord Lipsey. A Green Paper on the future of social care expected in 2009 is discussed - what it contains and how it will work in Scotland.

Improving care in residential care homes: a literature review (summary report)

This review by a team from the University of Warwick and University of the West of England, with support from the University of York, examines research evidence available to support improved care for older people in residential homes. The review explores seven themes: residents' and relatives' views on care; clinical areas for improvement; medication in care homes; medical input into care homes; nursing care in care homes; interface between care homes and other services; care improvement in care homes.