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Promoting self‐directed support for people living with dementia: overcoming the challenges

Promoting self‐directed support for people living with dementia: overcoming the challenges Purpose – This paper aims to discuss the use of self‐directed supported as a way of empowering people living with dementia to have greater control over the support they need. Design/methodology/approach – The authors interviewed social care staff and people living with dementia about their use of self‐directed support. Findings – There have been a number of challenges with making self‐directed support a reality for people with dementia, including the paperwork that can be involved and the time spent setting up a service. However, West Sussex County Council is working on solutions to make sure that self‐directed support becomes a reality for people living with dementia. Originality/value – The paper highlights some of the positives and obstacles that staff and people living with dementia have faced regarding the use of self‐directed support within West Sussex and the ways that these issues are being overcome. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Care and Neurodisability Emerald Publishing

Promoting self‐directed support for people living with dementia: overcoming the challenges

Social Care and Neurodisability , Volume 2 (2): 5 – May 23, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-0919
DOI
10.1108/20420911111142731
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to discuss the use of self‐directed supported as a way of empowering people living with dementia to have greater control over the support they need. Design/methodology/approach – The authors interviewed social care staff and people living with dementia about their use of self‐directed support. Findings – There have been a number of challenges with making self‐directed support a reality for people with dementia, including the paperwork that can be involved and the time spent setting up a service. However, West Sussex County Council is working on solutions to make sure that self‐directed support becomes a reality for people living with dementia. Originality/value – The paper highlights some of the positives and obstacles that staff and people living with dementia have faced regarding the use of self‐directed support within West Sussex and the ways that these issues are being overcome.

Journal

Social Care and NeurodisabilityEmerald Publishing

Published: May 23, 2011

Keywords: Mental health problems; Adults; Social service recipients; Social care facilities; Budgets; Dementia

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