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Evidence based CARMA recommendations and guidelines to policy makers

CARMA research has produced 12 clusters of recommendations. There are some natural groups but in some cases there is an arbitrary division between clusters. Essentially, they are closely inter-related with recurring themes across clusters.

The clusters are as following:
- Enhance the System itself Paradigm Shift in Caring;
- Cultural Change;
- Assessment Procedures;
- Integration of care & case management;
- Information and Empowerment;
- Financial Aspects of the Care System;
- Support of Informal Carers (family, neighbours, friends);
- Provider Policy;
- Service Diversity and New Services;
- Physical Environment: Contribution from Domotics;
- Training of Care Personnel;
- Working Conditions of Care Workers.

The recommendations are based on empirical research and identify common themes which cross national, regional, geographical, political and cultural boundaries. This is because they centre on basic human needs and the need to consider these in a holistic way.

The target group of these recommendations are policy makers, service providers, educators and care professionals. The group of policy makers is particularly important as they can help to shape the health and social care systems across Europe for older people for generations to come.

These are not simply about economic resources because they are also related to the values and principles that influence political decisions which in turn should shape state organisational arrangements, professionals and providers involved in the care of older people.

The implementation of these recommendations would be a positive step and provide a bedrock upon which more integrated and better quality care could be provided. This will influence professionals who have a vital role in the assessment and provision of services. This will be part of a more integrated and holistic model that incorporates the whole community, agencies, families and all older people including those who become care dependent.

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