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Journal article

Later life and the social model of disability: a comfortable partnership?

Author:
OLDMAN Christine
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 22(6), November 2002, pp.791-806.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Reviews the arguments for and against closer links between later life and disability studies. The article focuses on housing policies for older people, and highlights how older people have to submit to the medical model of later life if they receive health or social care services. The argument against an association between later life studies and disability studies is that later life is an immensely diverse experience, much of it nothing to do with disability. The article argues for a specific application of the social model of disability to the situation of older people with impairments who receive services. Concludes with examples of the value of the social model of disability at both the policy and political levels.

Journal article

A space of our own

Authors:
OLDMAN Christine, BERESFORD Bryony
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 1.10.98, 1998, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Many families with disabled children still live in cramped, unadapted homes. The authors outline the results of new research into what these families really want.

Book

Housing matters: national evidence relating to disabled children and their housing

Authors:
BERESFORD Bryony, OLDMAN Christine
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
45p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

This report presents evidence to support and inform change in policy and practice to ensure that the housing needs of disabled children and their families are better met. The report challenges traditional notions of housing need, calling for a reconceptualisation that embraces all impairments, focuses on child-centred needs and extends beyond the 'four walls' of the family home. The findings of the report are discussed and interpreted within the context of current policy and practice.

Book

Homes unfit for children: housing, disabled children and their families

Authors:
OLDMAN Christine, BERESFORD Bryony
Publisher:
Policy Press
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
86p.,bibliog
Place of publication:
Bristol

In-depth study of the impact of housing on the lives of disabled children and their families. Describes parents' perceptions of the impact of housing on their caring and parenting responsibilities; looks at disabled children's experiences of living in their homes; identifies housing needs particular to disabled children and their families; describes families' attempts to deal with unsuitable housing; and reports professionals' perspectives on meeting the housing needs of families with disabled children.

Book

Making homes fit for children: working together to promote change in the lives of disabled children

Authors:
BERESFORD Bryony, OLDMAN Christine
Publisher:
Policy Press,|Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
76p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Bristol

In 1998, Homes unfit for children described the extent of unsuitable housing for disabled children and their families and the impact it had on their lives. This follow-up study examines the policy and practice implications of the earlier report. It is based on consultation with professionals working with disabled children and their families, and discussion with parents who had participated in the original study. The report:provides a useful overview of policy and legislation; discusses both families’ and professionals’ views of the problem of unsuitable housing; looks at problems in the current system of service provision, specifically the lack of an holistic, coherent approach; and highlights the practical barriers to more effective services and suggests solutions, giving good practice evidence and recommendations.

Book

Housing and home in later life

Authors:
HEYWOOD Frances, OLDMAN Christine, MEANS Robert
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
185p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Buckingham

At the heart of all policies of supporting people to live and thrive into old age lies the concept of home. Yet there is a vacuum where policies concerning housing issues should be, and such policies as exist are profoundly ageist and often based on a medical model of disability. The authors of this volume share a commitment to see the issues of later life and housing re-thought to address more adequately the diverse needs and preferences of a group who constitute around one quarter of the population. The book has three strands; to uncover the theoretical origins of accepted practice; to present a critique of the present policies and to consider new theories, ideas and methodologies for achieving user centred changes.

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