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Improving personal budgets for older people: a research overview

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.

Personal budgets: micro enterprises

This film for social care commissioners, people who use services and carers, and user-led organisations focuses on the work of micro-providers and demonstrates how their approach can be very flexible, creative and responsive to individual needs and preferences, enabling a move away from traditional services.

Early onset dementia: living at home with nursing support

Part of Dementia

Training film for carers and care staff about Janet, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 58. Her partner Jim illustrates the effects of a very rapid deterioration, plus the need for skilled, experienced support for carers – in this case provided by an Admiral Nurse.

Supporting carers: the cared-for person

This film for social care commissioners, staff, people who need services and carers follows Linda, who needs constant care. Linda found out she was entitled to direct payments. She used the money to pay her friends to be her personal assistants.

What is social work? Services for older people

This film for social workers and social work lecturers and students focuses on the very rewarding, diverse but complex role of a social workers working in an adult’s services team. It also looks at the routes into social work.

Personalisation for older people: living at home

Part of Personalisation

This video for social care commissioners and staff, people who use services and personal assistants shows Anne MacFarlane, an older disabled woman and disability rights campaigner. She talks about accessible transport, independent living and dignity. Personalisation is about being able to do the ordinary.

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