Feasibility study of use of direct payments for informal care
The study involved a review of relevant literature to inform the design of a questionnaire for older people and their carers or potential carers. The questionnaires collected a range of information about older people and their carers and related this to their attitudes towards the use of direct payments and how these would affect the supply of care. The results showed that there was little enthusiasm for modifications to the current system of self-directed support payments; that is, moving to a system that would allow direct payments to be used to support unpaid care provided by family members.
Outcome and Translation
The result of the study informed government policy about care for older people in their own homes and provides a basis for further research.
Ludbrook, A. and McNamee, P. (2011) Feasibility study of use of direct payments for informal care. Chief Scientist Office final report, Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO).
McNamee, P. and Ludbrook, A. (2010) 'Feasibility study of use of direct payments for informal care', Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, Edinburgh, November 2010.