Journal Article

Increasing Care Options in the Countryside: Developing an Understanding of the Potential Impact of Personalization for Social Work with Rural Older People

Jill Manthorpe and Martin Stevens

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 5, pages 1452-1469
Published in print July 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcp038
Increasing Care Options in the Countryside: Developing an Understanding of the Potential Impact of Personalization for Social Work with Rural Older People

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The article examines the possible impact of the personalization of social care services in England on older people living in rural areas and those supporting them in formal and informal roles. It focuses on the development of personal budgets. Interviews were conducted with 33 participants from professional, community and voluntary organizations in 2008. Findings were that the potential flexibility arising from choice and control might be much appreciated by some older people in rural areas; however there were concerns that local variations would affect the capacity to tailor support and to sustain developments. The long-term effects of personalization need to be monitored and assessed to ensure equitable outcomes in rural areas; and, while there may not be significant differences between rural and urban areas, the rural dimensions of adult social care need to be more rigorously explored.

Keywords: Rural services; older people; personal budgets; social work

Journal Article.  6551 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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