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ERIC Number: EJ897171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Social Workers in Home Care: The Israeli Case
Ayalon, Liat; Baum, Nehami
Educational Gerontology, v36 n10-11 p858-871 2010
In Israel, the government partially supports personal home care services (grooming, feeding, assistance with transfers) as a means to maintain frail individuals in their home environment for as long as possible. Social workers capture a prominent position in these arrangements as initiators and supervisors of personal home care services. This study evaluates the view of social workers concerning the home care industry in Israel. We conducted focus groups with 37 social workers and identified three main themes: a) challenges faced by social workers in home care agencies; b) advantages associated with working as a social workers in a home care agencies; and c) resources available to assist social workers in their work. The stigma associated with home care appears to be pervasive and to include stigmatizing attitudes and behaviors towards older adults, their home care workers, and the social workers responsible for this caregiving arrangement. This stigma could potentially be reduced by actively bringing aging and home care into academia and by greater regulation of the home care industry by the government.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel