Community care: challenging the assumption of gratuitous care

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Angus, Jocelyn (2003) Community care: challenging the assumption of gratuitous care. ACCNS journal for community nurses, 8 (2). pp. 13-15. ISSN 1325-670x


This paper critically examines the reliance of formal home-based services upon the availability of informal carers and questions whether the level of informal assistance is sustainable. The paper challenges the 'taken for granted' assumptions of community care and contends that residential care should be seen in terms of a transition - a 'safe harbour' both for recipients and carers. Finally, the paper suggests that the move from containment within institutions to a regime of community dispersion requires critical evaluation of deinstitutionalisation initiatives; and it argues for an engagement of our collective responsibility for the security of our senior citizens.

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Item type Article
DOI AN:2004110667
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 360000 Policy and Political Science
Historical > RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords caregivers, Australia, aged, caregiver burden, family relations, life style, deinstitutionalization, home health care, public policy
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