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This new study carried out at Stirling University examines users' views of support services which are designed to enable them to live independently in the community. The aspirations and experiences of users from three different client groups are considered, in the context of a tangled web of...
The Audit Commission has recently published a report on the role of housing in community care — an often‐forgotten piece of the community care jigsaw. The message for housing, social services and health professionals is clear: ignore the housing dimension of community care at your peril.
There are many reasons to evaluate services and the benefits of different options for providing housing and support. The new report described in this article gives an introduction to a system for the appraisal of cost and quality which can be used to make more informed choices about existing and...
Many young people may need support during their transition to independence, particularly if they have been forced to leave home or care before they are ready for independent living. A good practice guide has just been published jointly by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Local Government...
Sheltered housing for older people will have to change, as the principles of a ‘home for life’ and the indivisibility of housing and care take hold. ‘Remodelling’ accommodation can be the basis of an approach that can ensure that sheltered housing continues to be an asset, not a...
The Housing Corporation claims that its new standards give greater focus and clarity to service standards in supported housing. How true is this? What will be the benefits — and problems — for the various stakeholders?
This article examines the features of Best Value, and the ways in which they may affect local authorities, other organisations, housing and support services and individuals. It introduces the pilot schemes, with their significance for local authorities throughout the country.
Frail older people have often had to choose between residential care and staying in their own homes with community care services. Both have disadvantages. The development of very sheltered housing in Wolverhampton has shown that there is a better way to meet the needs of frail and disabled older...
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