November 2019

Six peer-reviewed articles on care and caring in Finland, Ireland, Canada, Russia and England. 

Care poverty: Unmet care needs in a Nordic welfare state, by Teppo Kröger, Jiby Mathew Puthenparambil and Lina Van Aerschot (University of Jyväksylä, Finland). The authors introduce the concept of ‘care poverty’, which they define as arising when care needs are inadequately met due to the ‘interplay of individual and societal factors’. They offer an important contribution to the debate about the unmet needs of older people under discussion in many different welfare states, and how these can be analysed, predicted and addressed.  [Open Access]

Time is more important than anything else’: Tensions of time in home care of older adults in Ireland, by Virpi Timonen and Luciana Lolich (Trinity College Dublin), Anne McDonald and Austin Warters (Health Services Executive Ireland), explores perceptions of time reported by service users, family carers, care workers, nurses, social workers and agency managers in home support services for older adults. The authors find time is a problematic aspect of all the processes and structures of formal home care, and conclude that addressing issues of time is crucial if challenges in care systems are to be overcome.

Choice is good…but who cares? The implications of the choice imaginary on the micro-level of care work by Luciana Lolich notes that in recent decades, prioritisation of choice in eldercare has been emphasised in many western countries. The paper explores the limitations of choice in relation to eldercare and questions whether it should be considered the most important aspect of care in old age.

The emotional landscape of accessing and navigating formal supports for older adults in one Western Canadian city by Laura Megan Funk (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg) is based on analysis of interviews with carers who had ‘navigated’ formal services for an older family member. Funk distinguishes between the ‘emotional experiences’ and ‘emotion work’ involved and raises issues about how broader contexts shape the emotional aspects of system navigation, and may contribute to stress and strain for carers.

Negotiation of care practices by mothers with disabilities in Russia by Alfiya Battalova (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) discusses the experiences of mothers with disabilities. Based on analysis of qualitative interviews. Battalova explores the ‘micro-level structure of care’ and role of family support in shaping care practices and challenging traditional notions of giving and receiving care.

Working with colleagues and other professionals when caring for people with dementia at end of life: homecare workers’ experiences by Jill Manthorpe and Kritika Samsi (King’s College London), Tushna Vandrevala (University of Kingston) and Ruth Abrams (University College London) present findings from their analysis of semi-structured interviews conducted in England in 2016-17 with homecare workers and managers of homecare services, about their experiences of providing care for people with dementia. The authors to conclude that more active and explicit encouragement of support for homecare workers is needed, both by other professionals and their employers.

Debates and Issues

This section of IJCC is permanently free to view online. In this issue, it features contributions from Australia, France and the UK.

  • Improving identification of cancer patients’ caring relationships, Sian White, Natalie Hart and Suzanne Lewis (Central Coast Local Health District, New South Wales
  • Cancer survivors providing care: a call for a new approach by Constanza Puppo, Lolane Dentand, Tanguy Leroy and Marie Préau (Universite Lumiere Lyon 2), Olivier Tredan (Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon); Djihane Ahmed-Lecheheb and Florence Joly (Centre François Baclesse, Caen)
  • Dementia service provision and the role and benefits of an Admiral Nurse Service: A needs analysis in rural England, by Chloe Hole (Teesside University) and Karen Harrison-Dening (Dementia UK)

Conference report

by Stecy Yghemonos (Eurocarers, Belgium) and Elizabeth Hanson (Linnaeus University, Sweden): Eurocarers Research Working Group, September 2019.

Book reviews

  • Sarah Munawar (University of British Columbia, Canada) reviews Comparative care ethics, feminist epistemology and the Mahabharata by V. Dalmiya.
  • Cathy Ann Duncan (University of Wollongong, Australia) reviews Struggles in (elderly) care: A feminist view by H. M. Dahl.
  • Patrick Hall (University of Birmingham, UK) reviews The Routledge handbook of social care work around the world, edited by K Chistensen and D. Pilling.
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CIRCLE Director, Professor Sue Yeandle is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Care and Caringa journal of The Policy Press, established in 2017.

Professor Sue Yeandle

Director of CIRCLE

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