The Space of Family Care-Giving in Australian Aged Care Facilities: Implications for Social Work

Petersen, Maree, Wilson, Jill, Wright, Olivia, Ward, Elizabeth and Capra, Sandra (2016) The Space of Family Care-Giving in Australian Aged Care Facilities: Implications for Social Work. British Journal of Social Work, 46 1: 81-97. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu108


Author Petersen, Maree
Wilson, Jill
Wright, Olivia
Ward, Elizabeth
Capra, Sandra
Title The Space of Family Care-Giving in Australian Aged Care Facilities: Implications for Social Work
Journal name British Journal of Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-3102
1468-263X
Publication date 2016
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcu108
Volume 46
Issue 1
Start page 81
End page 97
Total pages 17
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
While the importance of involving families in care provision in residential care facilities is recognised, how to achieve an inclusive care space that balances the needs of families, residents, staff and the sector's regulatory requirements remains problematic for social work and the aged care sector. In this paper, a spatial perspective is used to examine the role of family carers in residential care facilities. Information obtained from focus groups with families, naturalistic interviews with staff and families, and observations of mealtimes in one case study site is analysed thematically to demonstrate how the physical, social and symbolic meanings of space interact to produce or impede family care-giving. The findings provide important guidelines for social work in this setting suggesting practice at micro, mezzo and macro levels. These include the acknowledgement of families in care-giving, genuine partnerships between staff and families, and family-inclusive policies within facilities. In addition, this paper highlights how the social work profession and the residential care sector more generally can strengthen their person-centred focus, engage with families and lessen the marginalisation of families in care-giving.
Keyword Family
Residential care facilities
Social work
Spatial perspective
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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