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Social care 

Social care
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Social care
Author(s):

Jo Moriarty

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0026
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date: 23 November 2017

Social care is the broad term for the support provided to people living at home and in care homes. Major changes have taken place to this sector in the past few years and this chapter describes the key policy developments that have impacted upon what support is provided to older people with mental health problems and how it is funded. The policy of personalisation is intended to increase choice and control but as yet it is unclear whether this will lead to improved outcomes in terms of quality of life or independence. Some longstanding issues such as the high prevalence of people with unidentified mental health problems in long term care continue to provide challenges for organisations providing social care support.

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