Care and Social Justice: Global Innovations in Home and Long-Term Care

Monday, 16 July 2018: 19:30-20:50
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

Home and long-term care systems supporting older and disabled people throughout the world are under strain. Representing a complex intersection of social and health policy, this sector faces a multitude of issues including challenges in worker recruitment, training and retention; inconsistency of service delivery; and surplus demand linked to aging demographics and increasing acuity of clients. Further, critical scholarship illuminates how care infrastructure can reinforce inequalities related to gender, racialization, ability, age, and immigration status, among others. These pressures fuel demand for novel approaches to supporting older people and people with disabilities in holistic, person-centred ways. Of note, some innovations in home and long-term care are informed by disability, feminist, labour and other critical scholarship. Disability scholars, for example, highlight the empowering potential of self-managed or consumer-directed home care programs, linking these programs to a vibrant history of independent living activism and disability rights. Feminist ethicists posit care policies can be a litmus test of societal progress by revealing the ways in which gendered labour and those in need are valued, or not, in a particular context. Labour scholars draw attention to how working conditions for care workers are connected to quality of life for the people they support, advocating for new models of collective organizing that can reflect the complexity of this sector. This session aims to spotlight global innovations in home and long-term care policy and practice, privileging submissions that demonstrate the potential to achieve both formal policy aims and transformative social justice through the organization of care.
Session Organizer:
Christine KELLY, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada
Hiwot AMARE, University of Manitoba, Canada
Oral Presentations
Aged Care Utopias: The Promise and Contradictions of Recent Radical Transformations of Long-Term Support.
Michael FINE, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia
Privatization in Long-Term Care Homes
Pat ARMSTRONG, York University, Canada; Hugh ARMSTRONG, Carleton University, Canada
Directly Funded Home Care Programs in Canada: A National Inventory
Christine KELLY, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada; Aliya JAMAL, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada; Katie AUBRECHT, Continuing Care - Research, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Canada; Amanda GRENIER, Giblrea Centre for Studies in Aging, McMaster, Canada
Exploring Ethics, Relationality and Justice in the Context of Resident-to-Resident Aggression in Nursing Homes
Alisa GRIGOROVICH, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada; Pia KONTOS, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network, Canada
Ageing Diversity: LGBT* People, Housing and Long-Term Care
Ralf LOTTMANN, University of Surrey, United Kingdom; Andrew KING, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
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