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Taking transitions forward

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/9781847421883.003.0010
Taking transitions forward

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The chapters in this book have addressed transitions in a diverse range of contexts. It is notable that despite the disparate nature of the transitions, there are generic themes that recur, common needs that require similar responses. This final synthesis draws together a number of these common elements. A number of the authors have stressed the need to develop opportunities that allow for gradual transition, providing time for adjustment and adaptation rather than the ‘cliff edge’ of precipitate change. Once individuals become aware of potential routes and alternatives, they can start to consider their options and to select their preferred pathway. For many older people selecting supported living, there should be the presumption of different alternatives from which they can choose; for adults more generally, personal budgets should enhance the opportunities for individual choice and control. For young people seeking asylum, the options may be more uncertain and more constrained. Furthermore, personalisation and the development of self-directed support present opportunities and possibilities not even considered in years past.

Keywords: transitions; adjustment; adaptation; older people; supported living; personal budgets; young people; asylum; self-directed support

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