This short report is an evidence overview of key pieces of UK research between 2007 and 2012, which focused on the implementation and uptake of personal budgets and direct payments for older people (including those with dementia) in England. It is not a systematic research review or an exhaustive examination of published research on the topic. Rather, it aims to give an overview of the main themes of research findings which help to identify the challenges and solutions to improving choice and control for older people (including those living with dementia) through the use of personal budgets and direct payments. Issues covered include: culture and system change; making choices and decisions; information and advice; direct payments and support services; understanding allowance and spend; budget management, monitoring and review; risk management and contingency planning; and older people living with dementia.
Direct payments resources and services
This guide covers personalisation in adult social care services
This film introduces the concept of micro-providers for personalised adult social care and support. Micro-providers are very small enterprises which provide individually tailored support to people who use personal budgets and direct payments. This film looks at how micro-providers in Nottingham have improved the lives and outcomes of personal budget holders and includes interviews with people who have set up micro-provider support services.
This At a Glance briefing examines the implications of the personalisation agenda for occupational therapists in social care.
The impact of early onset dementia, and the positive effect of skilled, knowledgeable support for the carer.
This film follows the story of Linda Rounds, who needs constant care after a car accident.
This film focuses on the very rewarding, diverse but complex role of a social workers working in an adult’s services team.
Independent living for older disabled people in the community using a case study.
This At a Glance briefing examines the implications of the personalisation agenda for community learning disability staff
SCIE Research briefings