PARTNERSHIPS IN FAMILY CARE: UNDERSTANDING THE CAREGIVING CAREER
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01 AUG 2003
What are the key features of partnerships between family and professional carers? How do partnerships change over time? What is needed to help create the best working partnerships? Forging partnerships between service users, family carers and service providers is a key theme in both the policy and academic literatures. However, what such partnerships mean and how they can be created and sustained while responding to change over time, is far from clear. This book considers how family and professional carers can work together more effectively in order to provide the highest quality of care to people who need support in order to remain in their own homes. It adopts a temporal perspective, looking at key transitions in caregiving and suggests the most appropriate types of help at particular points in time. It draws on both empirical and theoretical sources emerging from several countries and relating to a number of differing caregiving contexts in order to illustrate the essential elements of 'relationship-centred' care. Partnerships in Family Care will be important reading for all health care students and professionals with an interest in community and home care for the ill, disabled, and elderly.
Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Preface Introduction: why another book on family care? Section One: 'Recognizing the need' and 'taking it on' The dynamics of dementia: working together, working separately, or working alone? Early interventions in dementia: carer-led evaluations Seeking partnerships between family and professional carers: stroke as a case in point Section Two: Working through it Quality care for people with dementia: the views of family and professional carers Partnerships with families over the life course 'I wasn't aware of that': creating dialogue between family and professional carers Caring for people with dementia: working together to enhance caregiver coping and support Family care decision-making in later life: the future is now! Section Three: 'Reaching the end' and 'a new beginning' The evolving informal support networks of older adults with learning disability Relatives' experiences of nursing home entry: meanings, practices and discourses Placing a spouse in a care home for older people: (re)-constructing roles and relationships Creating community: the basis for caring partnerships in nursing homes Forging partnerships in care homes: the impact of an educational intervention Conclusion New Directions for partnerships: relationship-centred care References Index.