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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The social and political context of formal dementia care provision
Author(s): Innes, Anthea
Keywords: Dementia
Dementia services
Dementia Patients Scotland Care Evaluation
Dementia Patients Scotland Services for
Dementia Government policy Scotland
Issue Date: Jul-2002
Date Deposited: 3-Mar-2008
Citation: Innes A (2002) The social and political context of formal dementia care provision. Ageing and Society, 22 (4), pp. 483-499.
Abstract: Dementia care is in transition, and the potential exists for a radical reform of the provision of services to people with dementia. Recent developments in Scotland based on the report of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, With Respect to Old Age, provide an example of the possibilities and opportunities available to governments for creating services based on principles of equity and justice. It is timely therefore to consider the implications of recent government reports for the development of dementia care provision. This paper explores the social and political context of formal dementia care provision and considers the implications of recent government reports for the future. The historical discourses surrounding the term 'dementia', and where and who cares for people with dementia, provide insights into the options available to policy makers. A brief exploration of the economic context of dementia care provision, and of the historically low level of political interest in dementia care, provides a backdrop to recent political initiatives that seek to redress this omission.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0144686X02008577
Rights: Ageing and Society. Copyright: Cambridge University Press

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