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The privatization of care : the case of nursing homes

Author: Pat Armstrong; Hugh Armstrong
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2020.
Series: Aging and society.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nursing homes are where some of the most vulnerable live and work. In too many homes, the conditions of work make it difficult to make care as good as it can be. For the last eight years an international team from Germany, Sweden, Norway, the UK, the US and Canada have been searching for promising practices that treat residents, families and staff with dignity and respect in ways that can also bring joy. While we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Armstrong, Patricia.
Privatization of Care : The Case of Nursing Homes.
Milton : Routledge, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pat Armstrong; Hugh Armstrong
ISBN: 9781000650143 1000650146 9780429323669 0429323662 9781000650372 1000650375 9781000650600 100065060X
OCLC Number: 1121140131
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Endorsement; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; Contributors; An Introduction to the Team and to Teamwork; Part 1 Privatization in Six Countries; Chapter 1 Privatizing Care: Setting the Stage; Chapter 2 The Growth of the For-Profit Nursing Home Sector in Norway and Sweden: Driving Forces and Resistance; Chapter 3 Privatization of Nursing Homes in the United Kingdom and the United States Chapter 4 The Marketization and Commodification of Long-Term Care in Germany: Effects on Work and Relationship-Based Care in Nursing HomesChapter 5 Privatization of Long-Term Residential Care in Canada: The Case of Three Provinces; Chapter 6 Labor Restructuring and Nursing Home Privatization in British Columbia, Canada; Part 2 Key Issues; Chapter 7 Public Funds, Private Data: A Canadian Example; Chapter 8 Accountable For-Profits in Nursing Home Services?; Chapter 9 Marketing Long-Term Care: Website Analysis of For-Profit Corporations in Sweden and Canada Chapter 10 Nurse Staffing in Nursing Homes in Industrialized CountriesChapter 11 Devalued Later Life: Older Residents' Experiences of Risk in a Market System of Residential and Nursing Homes; Chapter 12 Shifting Responsibilities for Care: The Experiences of Staff and Families in Long-Term Residential Care; Chapter 13 Promoting Public Care; Index; Advertisement
Series Title: Aging and society.
Responsibility: edited by Pat Armstrong and Hugh Armstrong.

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Nursing homes are where some of the most vulnerable live and work. In too many homes, the conditions of work make it difficult to make care as good as it can be. For the last eight years an international team from Germany, Sweden, Norway, the UK, the US and Canada have been searching for promising practices that treat residents, families and staff with dignity and respect in ways that can also bring joy. While we did find ideas worth sharing, we also saw a disturbing trend toward privatization. Privatization is the process of moving away not only from public delivery and public payment for health services but also from a commitment to shared responsibility, democratic decision-making, and the idea that the public sector operates according to a logic of service to all. This book documents moves toward privatization in the six countries and their consequences for families, staff, residents, and, eventually, us all. None of the countries has escaped pressure from powerful forces in and outside government pushing for privatization in all its forms. However, the wide variations in the extent and nature of privatization indicate privatization is not inevitable and our research shows there are alternatives.

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'Care for the aged has been an under-researched area of health care and the welfare state. It is one which cries out for the wealth of comparative research found in this book.' - Wallace Clement, Read more...

 
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