Feminist perspectives on family care: policies for gender justice
Sage Pubications, 29 ago 1995 - 418 pagine
Today women find themselves playing an ever-increasing role in caring for older family members who are frail, developmentally disabled, or suffering from serious mental illness. While this has role of women as caregivers has been documented, the actual impact on the lives of women has remained largely unstudied. In this volume, the authors examine caregiving as a central feminist issue, looking at its impact on women socially, personally, and economically. The authors review how changing family structures, the changing economy and workforce, and the changing health care demands of needy adults have impacted on women's lives. They critique existing public and private policies, demonstrating a need for fundamental structural changes in social institutions and attitudes to improve the lives of women. Finally, they propose a social model of care that is oriented toward gender justice--recognition of the work of caring and its impact upon women socially, personally, and economically. For students, scholars and practitioners in the field of gerontology, gender studies, and social work, this book is a must.
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The growth in the number and seriousness of the needs of these dependent
persons is placing tremendous demands on both the formal and the informal long
-term care systems at the same time that public funding has declined and ...
THE INSTITUTIONAL BIAS OF FUNDING Central to a feminist critique is the
concept that the personal is political: in this instance, women's private lives in the
home are profoundly affected by public policies that finance institutional care
Another example of the institutional bias of public funding mechanisms is the
current reimbursement criteria of Medicaid services, which encourage
institutional or out-of-home placement for persons with developmental disabilities
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THE CHANGING SOCIETAL CONTEXT FOR CAREGIVING
Changing Health Care Needs and LongTerm
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