A better life: Alternative approaches from the perspective of families and carers of older people with high support needs

Stephen Burke

Developing alternative approaches to care for older people with high support needs.

There are many challenges in developing alternative approaches to care for this group. Involving carers and families throughout the development process is key.

This paper:

  • draws on case studies from Counsel and Care's advice service to highlight issues raised by carers of older people with high support needs;
  • explores how 'traditional approaches' such as residential care and extra care housing could be improved and considers the importance of housing in alternative approaches;
  • suggests key elements of a future agenda.
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