Decision-Making in Care and Support of Older People (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)


This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report discusses care and support for older people given demographic trends. Factors which influence decision making, risk management and NHS trusts’ strategies are discussed. Older people are considered to be both receivers and givers of care and support.

The nature of decision-making (the so-called “decision ecology”) is discussed, relating to risk and trust in an ageing society, and factors which influence caring decisions. Factors include negative stereotyping of older people, risk avoidance, cultural perceptions and the need of agencies to feel they are doing the right and proper thing. Responsibility in decision-making is investigated.

Full Text Link


Norris, E. [et al] (2012). Improving decision-making in the care and support of older people. London: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, December 2012.

There is also an Executive Summary.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].

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