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Facing the challenges in the development of long-term care for older people in Europe in the context of an economic crisis

Authors:
DEUSDAD Blanca A., PACE Charles, ANTTONEN Anneli
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Service Research, 42(2), 2016, pp.144-150.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This article introduces the content of this special issue, which incorporates eight articles in which authors evaluate recent changes and developments in long term conditions (LTCs) for older people in European countries, most particularly from the perspective of restructuring taking place in the LTC for older people. The economic and state financial crises are the most important drivers behind widespread overall restructuring processes. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Discovering what works well: exploring quality dementia care in hospital wards using an appreciative inquiry approach

Authors:
SCERRI Anthony, INNES Anthea, SCERRI Charles
Journal article citation:
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(13-14), 2015, pp.1916-1925.
Publisher:
John Wiley and Sons

Aims and objectives: To explore the quality dementia care in two geriatric hospital wards using appreciative inquiry with formal care workers and family members of inpatients with dementia. Background: Care models such as person-centred and relationship-centred care have been developed to explain what ‘quality’ dementia care should be. However, their usefulness and relevance to clinicians has been questioned. Design: Using an exploratory qualitative design within an appreciative inquiry framework, 33 care workers working in a geriatric hospital and 10 family members of patients with dementia were interviewed. Methods: Open-ended questions were asked to encourage care workers to narrate positive care experiences when the care was perceived to be at its best and to identify what made these experiences possible. Interviews were audio-taped and transcribed whilst data were analysed thematically using a qualitative data analysis software to assist in data management. Results: Positive care experiences can be understood within five care processes, namely building a relationship between the ‘extended’ dementia care triad, providing ‘quality time’ and ‘care in time’, going the ‘extra mile’, attending to the psychosocial needs and attending to the physical needs with a ‘human touch’. Factors facilitating these positive care experiences included personal attributes of care workers, and organisational, environmental and contextual factors. Conclusions: This study provides an alternative and pragmatic approach to understanding quality dementia care and complements the body of knowledge on factors influencing dementia care practices in hospitals. Relevance to clinical practice: By understanding the components of quality dementia care and how these can be achieved from different stakeholders, it is possible to develop strategies aimed at improving the care offered to patients with dementia in hospitals. (Publisher abstract)

Book

Elderly care: a world perspective

Editor:
TOUT Ken
Publisher:
Chapman and Hall
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
240p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Contains examples of successful service provision for older people from 40 countries. The case studies are organised into the following sections: care at home; community support; empowerment; participation; fitness and well-being; income generation; environment; integrated services; mental health; training for elder care; organisation of services; and older women.

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Caring for older Europeans: comparative studies in 29 countries

Author:
GIARCHI George Giacinto
Publisher:
Arena
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
547p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Provides a reference source for various modes of care (both formal and informal) for older people throughout Europe. Each chapter follows the same format and covers: demography; socio-political and administrative background; social security and pensions; housing; health care; mental health care; residential care; personal social services; voluntary care agencies and support organisations; leisure pursuits and education; and older people in rural areas.

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