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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2009): Care of the elderly - overseas

Aging and caring at the intersection of work and home life: blurring the boundaries

A. Martin-Matthews and J. Phillips (editors)

London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2008

This book looks at the boundaries of care of older people from a work-life perspective, by looking at private and public help, professional and personal help and paid and unpaid caregivers. It captures and conceptualizes the complexity of the intersection of work and home life as it relates to the provision of assistance and support to older relatives in a variety of 'care work' contexts. It explores these issues from an international perspective and within a critical framework, rather than from an assumed stress or burden perspective, which dominates current texts on the topic. The book provides a deeper understanding of issues of care provision amongst 'networks' of careers and helpers, and of the particular dynamics of care when it is episodic or framed by constrains of space and time as a result of geography. In addition, each chapter addresses issues of diversity with sensitivity to gender, race and ethnicity.

Ageing society issues in Korea

S.-J. Choi

Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 3, 2009, p. 63-83

Korea, like other developing countries, is facing much more rapid population ageing rates than older industrialised states. The Korean government has responded by recently producing a comprehensive national plan to deal with the consequences. The plan aims to put in place policies that will:

  1. encourage women to have more children
  2. ensure the sustainability of the old age pension system
  3. produce an age-friendly physical environment
  4. provide long term care for the frail elderly
  5. encourage older people to remain in the labour market
  6. foster the growth of 'elderly markets'.

The specialisation of needs-assessment in Swedish municipal care for older people: the diffusion of a new organisational model

S. Blomberg

European Journal of Social Work, vol.11, 2008, p. 415-429

This article is based on research into changes in social care for older people in Sweden in the 1990s. The research focused on one element of the reform of the local administration of social care for older people, the introduction of specialist needs assessors (care managers). Care managers assess the care needs of older people applying for assistance and make decisions bout what services should be supplied. The care manager acts as an administrative co-ordinator of care services and writes care plans, monitors services provided and evaluates their appropriateness. This new role represents a radical break with the traditional organisation of care, in which needs assessment and provision of care were integrated into a single role.

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