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Challenging professional roles: lay carers' involvement in health care in the community

The bulk of care in the community is carried out by lay carers. Recent policy initiatives to support them in the United Kingdom are outlined. There remains evidence of significant gaps in support from professional health and social-care workers including community nurses. This paper reports three studies of lay carers: those caring for older people, carers of technology-dependent children, and home-care workers involved in the “direct payments” scheme. Findings are reported in the areas of decisions about appropriate caring roles, the lay–professional boundary, training and respite opportunities and the expertise of lay carers. Recommendations for policy and practices are made.

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Additional Titles
Social Policy & Administration

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
0144-5596
Resource Database
Hmic
Publication Year
2003
Issue Number
1
Volume Number
37
Start Page
82-96
Language
English