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Transitions to supported living for older people

Alison Petch

in Managing transitions

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421883
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421883.003.0008
Transitions to supported living for older people

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Older people who require support on the grounds of disability or increasing age are likely to experience a range of transitions. The transition to supported living for older people, including those with dementia, can take a variety of forms. This chapter explores both the transition from independence to a degree of dependence on support from others within the same place, reflecting the current focus on ageing in place, and the transition through a physical move, for example to extra-care housing, institutional care, retirement communities, or end-of-life care. The discussion relates to the core elements of independence, well being, and choice at the heart of the adult social-support agenda. It evaluates the impact on family members at key points of transition, and highlights how those involved in supporting both older people and their unpaid carers can contribute to optimising the benefits of transition and minimising the more negative aspects of the experience.

Keywords: older people; dementia; supported living; transitions; extra-care housing; institutional care; retirement communities; end of life; social support; family members

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