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Free Personal Care for Older People in Scotland: Issues and Implications

Bowes A & Bell D (2007) Free Personal Care for Older People in Scotland: Issues and Implications, Social Policy and Society, 6 (3), pp. 435-445.

Drawing on recent quantitative and qualitative research, we consider lessons of the Scottish policy of free personal care for older people. The policy is embedded in political debates about devolution and interacts with various changing policies on care and support for older people. Evaluation is complicated by these interactions and by gaps in relevant data, especially concerning costs. Operationally, policy implementation has presented varying difficulties for local authorities. For clients and informal carers it remains popular, but is part of a service-led model of provision which does not reflect their own views of their care and support needs.

Subject headings
Quality of life Scotland; Old age homes Scotland; Aged Institutional care Scotland; Older people Institutional care Scotland; Older people Long-term care Scotland

AuthorsBowes Alison, Bell David
Publication date07/2007
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN 1474-7464

Social Policy and Society: Volume 6, Issue 3 (2007-07)

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