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Relative Matters

The essential guide to finding your way around the care system for older people

Author: Chris Moon-Willems

This practical book to help navigate Britain’s labyrinthine care system has been written by an expert in elderly care to support the 6.5 million people currently caring for loved ones in the UK.

Topics include deciding between different care at home options and different residential homes as well as stretching finances through creative care planning.

The author, Chris Moon-Willems, was at the forefront of social and health care transformation as her parents were two of the first people in the UK to have a personal budget using a direct payment from Social Services. Their story has inspired other NHS and social service departments to provide personal budgets using direct payments for older people. This enables elderly people to buy individually tailored services for themselves, rather than social workers providing off the shelf services.