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Home Care for Ageing Populations

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Home Care for Ageing Populations

A Comparative Analysis of Domiciliary Care in Denmark, the United States and Germany

9781847204943 Edward Elgar Publishing
Martha Doyle and Virpi Timonen, Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Publication Date: 2008 ISBN: 978 1 84720 494 3 Extent: 168 pp
This book presents an up-to-date comparative analysis of domiciliary care policies for the older populations of Denmark, the United States and Germany with a particular focus on similarities and differences between these care regimes.

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This book presents an up-to-date comparative analysis of domiciliary care policies for the older populations of Denmark, the United States and Germany with a particular focus on similarities and differences between these care regimes.

The authors extend their discussions to include issues of welfare state classification, the changing role of the state as the provider of social care services, the recommodification of the care labour force and the increased emphasis placed on both informal care-giving and consumer power. The book makes an important contribution to the debate about the future care of older people and provides an informative and insightful analysis of the provision of publicly funded domiciliary care services from a cross-national perspective.

Home Care for Ageing Populations will be of particular interest to academics working in the fields of social policy, social care, gerontology and public/employment policy and will prove a useful source for researchers conducting comparative analysis of social care systems. It will also be of interest to those within the community services / social care arena and public servants responsible for the coordination and delivery of homecare systems, as well as social workers, general practitioners, occupational therapists, and a host of other specialist staff working with older people.
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‘In a world where there is little doubt that the demand for formal care services is set to increase significantly, this book is a timely addition to the literature of ageing in place, comparing home care delivery policies and services for ageing populations in three different countries – Denmark, Germany, and the state of California in the USA. . . it will be of particular interest to gerontologist, to those who provide direct care to the elderly, and disabled, and to those directly involved in social policy development in any country attempting to put together effective home care support for those who need it.’
– Jennifer Bowerman, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance Incorporating Leadership in Health Services

‘At a time when the desire to “age in place” has emerged as a rallying cry among elderly and disabled adults and their advocates, this book provides an important new analysis of the ways in which three countries are facing the challenge of assuring the adequacy and quality of in-home care. Drawing on both primary and secondary sources, the book examines the ways in which home care is organized, financed, and delivered in Denmark, Germany, and the United States, countries that represent three different types of long-term care systems.’
– Andrew Scharlach, University of California, US
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Contents: 1. Introduction: Exploring the Complex Worlds of Domiciliary Care 2. Setting the Scene: The Context for Domiciliary Care in the Three Countries 3. Formal Domiciliary Care in Denmark 4. Formal Domiciliary Care in the United States 5. Formal Domiciliary Care in Germany 6. Delivery of Home Care: Observation of Services on the Ground 7. Comparing Domiciliary Care Policies: Similarities, Differences and Innovations 8. Conclusion: The Future of Domiciliary Care Bibliography Index
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