Getting better outcomes for older people using personal budgets

Think Local Act PersonalThis report, published by Think Local Act Personal, draws on research from across the sector to show that older people do experience positive benefits from having a personal budget, although these are not as marked as for other groups.

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The report highlights what does and doesn’t work well for older people using personal budgets, recommends what can be done to improve practice and includes case studies from councils across England that are working to improve personal budget delivery.

Older people form the largest proportion of people who use adult social care, incurring a majority of adult social services expenditure. Of the total number of people with a personal budget, older people number the most at 51 per cent, yet only 15 per cent of these people use direct payments (money paid directly to a person to arrange their own support).

The report recommends that anything councils can do to improve their personal budgets processes is likely to be of benefit to older people.