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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Consistent with this medical focus, the physician is the gatekeeper who
authorizes "medically necessary" services under ... The elderly and their families
pay directly for almost 75% of all noninstitutional care (e.g., home health care,
PRIVATIZATION The trend toward privatization is most pronounced among home
health care agencies, nursing homes, board-and-care homes, and hospitals. For
nearly all sectors of health and community-based care, Reagan's policies ...
not the "low medical" services of home health aides or medical social work that
are integral to comprehensive long-term care. Because of the rapid growth of
Medicare-funded home health costs subsequent to DRGs, in 1985 the Health
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