Partnerships in Family Care

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Overview

* 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.

Gordon Grant holds a Research Chair in Cognitive Disability in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, and Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust. His main interests concern family caregiving of vulnerable groups and the support needs of people with severe and complex learning disabilities.
John Keady is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Wales, Bangor. John'smain interests are in the needs of people with dementia and their carers' and service responses to these needs.

Ulla Lundh is Docent and Senior Lecturer at the Unversity of Linkoping, Sweden. She has particular interests in the needs of older people and their carers and has been engaged in several studies that have sought to develop partnerships between family and formal caregiving systems.

Mike Nolan is Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the Unversity of Sheffield. He has long-standing interests in the needs of family carers and of vulnerable older people in a range of care environments, and has published extensively in these areas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335212613
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Grant holds a Research Chair in Cognitive Disability in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, and Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust. His main interests concern family caregiving of vulnerable groups and the support needs of people with severe and complex learning disabilities.
John Keady is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Wales, Bangor. John's main interests are in the needs of people with dementia and their carers' and service responses to these needs.

Ulla Lundh is Docent and Senior Lecturer at the Unversity of Linkoping, Sweden. She has particular interests in the needs of older people and their carers and has been engaged in several studies that have sought to develop partnerships between family and formal caregiving systems.

Mike Nolan is Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the Unversity of Sheffield. He has long-standing interests in the needs of family carers and of vulnerable older people in a range of care environments, and has published extensively in these areas.
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Table of Contents

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.

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