Home Care for Ageing Populations: A Comparative Analysis of Domiciliary Care in Denmark, Germany and the United States

Home Care for Ageing Populations: A Comparative Analysis of Domiciliary Care in Denmark, Germany and the United States

by Martha Doyle, Virpi Timonen


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847204943
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2008
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Martha Doyle, Department of Social Sciences, Institute of Technology Sligo and Virpi Timonen, Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Table of Contents

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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