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The economic case for a befriending and practical at-home support scheme for older people in Shropshire, England

Bauer, Annette and Knapp, Martin and Perkins, Margaret and Wistow, Gerald and Iemmi, Valentina and King, Derek (2014) The economic case for a befriending and practical at-home support scheme for older people in Shropshire, England. LSE PSSRU and NIHR SSCR Research Findings, PSSRU, London School of Economics and Political Science, and NIHR School for Social Care Research, London, UK.

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Abstract

Our aim for this particular case study was to examine the economic case for a help-at-home scheme focused on supporting older people to live more independently in their homes. For this purpose we sought to evaluate the costs of the scheme and the outcomes it achieved, including those linked to cost savings. While the focus was on assessing whether the scheme was able to achieve potential cost savings from a public sector perspective, and in particular an adult social care perspective, we also evaluated additional social benefits, including those to the individual older people (including in their role as carers for their spouse in some cases) and volunteers. We also wanted to explore the capacity of the project to engage with a process of economic analysis and to present our economic evidence in the wider context of qualitative data about, for example, service user satisfaction.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://www.pssru.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Research centres and groups > NIHR School for Social Care Research
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 16:05
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 09:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60226

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