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“I live with other people and not alone”: a survey of the views and experiences of older people using Shared Lives (adult placement)

Brookes, Nadia, Rider, Sinead, Callaghan, Lisa (2016) “I live with other people and not alone”: a survey of the views and experiences of older people using Shared Lives (adult placement). Working with Older People, 20 (3). pp. 179-186. ISSN 1366-3666. E-ISSN 2042-8790. (doi:10.1108/WWOP-03-2016-0005)

Abstract

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

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/WWOP-03-2016-0005
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Sinead Palmer
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 16:01 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/52926 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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