Mark Wilberforce In progress
Older people who receive social care at home or in the community may have to pay for this themselves if they have a certain level of savings. This is known as “self-funding”. However, self-funders should still get information and help to find, choose and arrange the right care for them. Existing sources of support include local authorities, voluntary organisations, consumer groups, GPs, financial advisers, among others.
Previous research has found that older self-funders and their families often face significant problems, such as:
It is not known ‘who wants what’ when considering the type of information and guidance needed to help people choose care, so it is unclear what changes to make.
This study is exploring what self-funders most value when seeking, choosing and arranging their social care, and how different groups of self-funders make their decisions. It also aims to identify how to improve support for self-funders in taking social care decisions.
This study involves: