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Care coordination for older people in the non-statutory sector: activities, time use and costs

Hughes, Jane, Jasper, Rowan, Worden, Angela, Loynes, Nik, Sutcliffe, Caroline, Abendstern, Michele and Challis, David (2020) Care coordination for older people in the non-statutory sector: activities, time use and costs. Journal of Long-Term Care, 2020. 91 - 107. ISSN 2516-9122

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Abstract

Context: Care coordination is one important mechanism to provide effective care at home for frail older people in a world with ageing populations. In England this has usually been undertaken by state funded local authority social care services. The Care Act 2014 promoted greater involvement of the non-statutory sector in the provision of care and support, including care coordination, for older people at home to offer greater flexibility and consumer choice. Objective(s): To explore how organisations in the non-statutory sector in England undertake care coordination activities, targeting, their staff time use and costs to support older people at home. Method(s): A case study approach was used involving semi-structured interviews with practitioners in 17 services selected from a national survey in 2015. Estimates of practitioner time use for a typical case, and associated costs for each service were calculated. Data were analysed to identify the range of care coordination activities undertaken, forms of targeting, patterns of staff time use and service costs. Findings: Two services undertook no targeting activities; of eight care coordination activities only two were undertaken in all services. Costs of care coordination activities varied both within and between services in two distinct settings: hospital discharge and memory services. More time was spent by practitioners in direct contact with service users and carers than on indirect activities in most care coordination services. Limitations: A case study approach is more difficult to generalise; recall bias may have influenced data on time use and costs from practitioner interviews; some costs had to be attributed using national data. Implications: Both service setting and gatekeeping mechanisms shaped care coordination activities. Where services were designed to substitute for statutory services their sustainability needs to be addressed in terms of length of contracts, extent of case responsibility and full costing.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 11:54
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 23:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/108520

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