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Brookes, Nadia; Rider, Sinead; Callaghan, Lisa (2016)
Publisher: Emerald
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: H1
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on the views and experiences of older people using\ud Shared Lives (adult placement) in 2012/13.\ud Design/methodology/approach – As part of a survey collecting information about outcomes for\ud older users of Shared Lives issues of whether it had made a difference to quality of life, and positive\ud and negative experiences of support were explored.\ud Findings – Questionnaires were returned by 150 older people using Shared Lives services. Findings\ud suggest that this model of community-based support has a number of advantages for some older\ud people, such as reducing social isolation and loneliness, promoting independence, choice and control,\ud providing emotional support and increased well-being.\ud Research limitations/implications – The questionnaire was self-completed and so responses were\ud not followed up to provide deeper insights.\ud Practical implications – Shared Lives is not appropriate for everyone but it is suggested that this\ud option should form part of local commissioning strategies, be part of a range of options for social care\ud practitioners to consider in their work with older people and helps to meet various current policy\ud imperatives.\ud Originality/value – The potential of Shared Lives for older people is under-researched and this paper\ud contributes to the literature in exploring the views of older people about family-based support in the\ud community.
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    • Bell, J. and Litherland, R. (2013), Shared Lives and Dementia, Shared Lives South West and Innovations in Dementia, Devon.
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