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Making Individual Service Funds Work for People with Dementia Living in Care Homes

One way to give people with dementia personal budgets is to set up individual service funds (ISFs) for them

One way to give people with dementia personal budgets is to set up individual service funds (ISFs) for them.

ISFs are intended to improve peoples experience of care by changing the basis of relationships between care providers and the people they support. This is important because the experience of being in control and choosing how services work is transformational for people, yet is rarely delivered by traditional models of commissioning and service delivery.

Instead of fitting people into existing services, therefore, ISFs allow people to design services around themselves.

This book is intended for anyone involved in the provision of personalised care for people with dementia who live in care homes. It shows how to introduce ISFs, what works and what does not, and how to deal with difficulties.

The authors describe the person-centred practices they have adopted in introducing the principles of ISFs to people

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One way to give people with dementia personal budgets is to set up individual service funds (ISFs) for them.

ISFs are intended to improve people’s experience of care by changing the basis of relationships between care providers and the people they support. This is important because the experience of being in control and choosing how services work is transformational for people, yet is rarely delivered by traditional models of commissioning and service delivery.

Instead of fitting people into existing services, therefore, ISFs allow people to design services around themselves.

This book is intended for anyone involved in the provision of personalised care for people with dementia who live in care homes. It shows how to introduce ISFs, what works and what does not, and how to deal with difficulties.

The authors describe the person-centred practices they have adopted in introducing the principles of ISFs to people with dementia in one care home, as well as the involvement of the council, commissioners, staff and families.

There are also sections on how to encourage staff to provide adequate support, build effective partnerships and implement whole-company changes.

I recommend this informative book to senior care home staff and care home managers. It would also be a valuable addition to public libraries.

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