Table 5 Care-giving models identified in support plans for informal care in the UK and Andalusia: literal quotations∗
Plan for informal care in the UKPlan for informal care in Andalusia
“Without this extensive caring, many more elderly, frail, sick or disabled people would need the support of the statutory services, and might need to enter a residential or nursing home or into hospital. This might be a detriment to the quality of life for some people needing care, and would be at considerable cost to the taxpayer” (p11)“Family carers have become part of the target population in the SAS (Andalusian Health System) services portfolio” (p5)
“Caring for carers is a vital element in caring for those who need care” (p4)“To maintain and improve family carers’ health and quality of life” (p14)
“To support carers in caring out their caring responsibilities... services providers must see carers as partners in the provision of help to the person needing care, and must involve them as partners. Carers need the help of the statutory services—working together—to provide the best possible care” (p45)“Not to consider carers just as a resource, but also as a priority objective, because dependent persons’ health largely depends on their carer’s health” (p9)
“Individual assessment of carer’s needs is intended to allow service providers to judge the state of their health, their needs and wishes, and their ability to continue to care if that is what they want to do, or to bring informal caring to an end” (p38)“Involve the family carer in the patient’s care plan and (...)especially with interventions that will guarantee training in basic management of the patient’s health situation” (p19)
“We want to enhance the quality of life for carers. This means finding ways to give them: freedom to have a life of their own; time for themselves; opportunity to continue to work; control over their life; better health and well-being; integration into community; peace of mind” (p83)“[The objective] is to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that will improve the quality of care provided to dependent persons [the content] ageing; pressure sores; hygiene; nutrition; elimination; mobility; warning signs; medicines” (p33)
“We want to strike the right balance. By empowering carers we are not taking away any rights of the people who need care... our policies and procedures should ensure the both people in the caring relationship are valued. We must not subordinate the needs and wishes of one part to those of the other” (p14)
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