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Managing transitionsSupport for individuals at key points of change$
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Alison Petch

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421883

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421883.001.0001

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Transitions to supported living for older people

Transitions to supported living for older people

(p.113) Eight Transitions to supported living for older people
Managing transitions

Alison Petch

Policy Press

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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