Our Aims

Our project seeks to understand ethical dimensions of self-funded care by bringing older people’s lived experiences to the forefront and by seeking the views of informal carers and family members who are supporting older people, as well as those who commission and provide care services, to get a complete picture of the current situation.

The key goals are to:

  • Understand older people’s experiences of self-funding.
  • Develop theoretical understanding of the ethical issues involved in self-funded care.
  • Engage with older people, practitioners, health and care services’ commissioners and providers to transform understanding of self-funded care and produce accessible outputs to impact policy and practice.

By building relationships between academic researchers, older people, practitioners and key stakeholders we aim to produce knowledge and understanding about self-funded care that will lead to the production of creative outputs.

For example, resources and materials in a variety of formats to inform older citizens about the implications of self-funding; clear messages, targeting a range of audiences, about the implications of self-funding for policy and practice.

Photo of the sea with an island in the distance and the sun shining through black clouds. Photo taken in North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.