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Care, community and citizenshipResearch and practice in a changing policy context$
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Susan Balloch and Michael Hill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348715

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.001.0001

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Paid care workers in the community: an Australian study

Paid care workers in the community: an Australian study

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(p.211) Thirteen Paid care workers in the community: an Australian study
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Care, community and citizenship
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Jane Mears

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.003.0014

This chapter looks at issues of concern to those working in domiciliary care in Australia. As the Australian population continues to age, older people and their carers will need more formal support and care in their own homes. At present this work is done primarily by home care workers. Recent reports have expressed concern about the low wages paid to these workers, the lack of career structure, the lack of entry qualifications, the paucity of training opportunities, and the effect all of this could have on the recruitment of workers and the quality of care provided in the future. As care takes place in the privacy of people's homes, hidden from the public gaze, we do not generally observe care workers going about their daily work. This chapter focuses on these paid care workers, and provides some insight into how they provide community care that aims to maintain and enhance community and social connectedness for the older people they are caring for.

Keywords:   domiciliary care, home care, home care workers, community care, caregivers

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