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Conclusion: key themes and future directions

Tom Dening and Alisoun Milne

in Mental Health and Care Homes

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0027
Conclusion: key themes and future directions

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This final chapter summarizes the current state of care home provision, drawing from the preceding chapters of this book. Several general themes are discussed: (1) the ageing population and the changing profile of care home residents; (2) the changing nature of the care home market; (3) the vulnerability of care home residents and the challenges in hearing an authentic voice especially for older people with dementia; (4) policy and funding issues; (5) the care home workforce and the skills that are required; and (6) how outside agencies, including regulators and other health providers, work with care homes. The authors take a cautiously optimistic view of the future, anticipating that, despite many challenges, improvements in quality will be maintained and a skilled workforce will be able to provide care that promotes mental health, hope, and dignity for older people.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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