The way in which residential and other forms of continuing care have developed in the United Kingdom has been reviewed (Lewis & Wattis, 1988). It has been a story of unclear policy and confusion, especially in respect of people with dementia. At present there is a lack of clarity about who is responsible for providing continuing care for demented people. Traditionally, their care was shared between social services Part III (including EMI – for the ‘elderly mentally infirm’) homes and NHS psychogeriatric and geriatric beds.
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