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Formal and informal care work

Care work is an umbrella term for many services and activities, both formal and informal, that provide help and advice, healing and nursing, education and training. Such work on and with people, the productivity of which cannot readily be increased, could in future be a significant core area for all human work in post-growth societies.

Fri, 09/02/2022 - 11:01

Informal Care of Dependent Older People—Support Services and Funding Schemes

This chapter is dealing with aspects regarding informal care of dependent older people. Based on the analysis of the information obtained from the good practice and the informal care regulatory status in Romania, the authors proposed a set of support services and funding schemes that could be implemented in our country as follows: care leave and care allowance; palliative care leave; prolonged care leave; the employment of a personal assistant under the terms of the Framework Law no.

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 11:33

Eldercare in Transnational Families and the Swiss Immigration Regime

International migration research increasingly addresses the complex mobility that occurs in transnational contexts. Authors who study ties between migrants and their parents often focus on money transfers and financial investments. However, exchanges within transnational families are broader and multifaceted, and include an important care dimension that is shaped by gendered and cultural social codes. Studies show that women are often engaged in caring for their older parents even from a great distance.

Mon, 02/14/2022 - 20:27

Analyzing Twitter Data of Family Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients Based on the Depression Ontology

In this paper, we present an ontology-based approach to analyze depression of family caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease patients. First, we developed depression ontology called OntoDepression considering the language written in social media. Four major classes and specialized subclasses are defined based on the dailyStrength, which is a well-known social media site centered on healthcare. Next, to find mental health of family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, their twitter data is analyzed based on the OntoDepression.

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 14:59

Cloud and Internet of Things Technologies for Supporting In-House Informal Caregivers: A Conceptual Architecture

Persons in a situation of dependency, or independent but with deficiencies in their autonomy, have specific needs for a better management of their long-term care. New sensing technologies based on real-time location systems, mobile apps, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) paradigm and cloud systems can be used to collect and process information about their activity and their environment in a continuous and truthful way.

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 09:28

Extending a Knowledge-Based System with Learning Capacity

Informal caregivers often complain about missing knowledge. A knowledge-based personalized educational system is developed, which provides caregiving relatives with the information needed. Yet, evaluation against domain experts indicated, that parts of the knowledge-base are incorrect. To overcome these problems the system can be extended by a learning capacity and then be trained further utilizing feedback from real informal caregivers. To extend the existing system an artificial neural network was trained to represent a large part of the knowledge-based approach.

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 16:34

Family carers of people with dementia

Family caregiving can be dened in many ways. Schulz and Martire (2004) describe caregiving as: … the provision of extraordinary care, exceeding the bounds of what is normative or usual in family relationships. Caregiving typically involves a significant expenditure of time, energy and money over potentially long periods of time; it involves tasks that may be unpleasant and uncomfortable and are psychologically stressful and physically exhausting (p. 240).

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 20:12

Keeping up appearances: Family carers and people with dementia negotiating normalcy through dress practice

Dress forms part of the taken-for-granted routines that constitute everyday life, but can be dys-rupted in the context of disability-in this case, dementia. Drawing on qualitative research, this chapter situates dress practice as part of how people with dementia and family carers manage the disruption caused by dementia, focusing on the renegotiation of ideas of normality and ordinariness.

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:21

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Mon, 07/23/2018 - 14:50

Contracting one's family members: the Dutch care allowance

This chapter focuses on systems of payment for social care in the Netherlands where an elaborate system was developed in the 1990s of 'personal budgets', supplied directly to care users and heavily regulated, which enabled them to pay relatives, friends and neighbours for appropriate help. Despite the efficiency and popularity of the PGB (Dutch Care Allowance or personal budget) the Dutch government is committed to reducing the scope and costs of the scheme. The chapter reviews the PGB in 2004, the impact of the subsequent changes and the PGB's uncertain future.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

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