Aged Care

Aged Care : Old Policies, New Problems

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The ageing of the population is a demographic phenomenon, a social problem and a policy issue. The increase in the numbers of aged and in the costs of supporting and caring for them have also brought increases in family care, in deinstitutionalisation of aged care services and in issues of quality and outcomes of care and consumer rights. The growing recognition of the feminisation of ageing also has significant social and policy consequences. In this 1998 book, Diane Gibson synthesises a wide range of material to provide an overview of these issues and policy responses worldwide. The book then looks in-depth at Australia, a country typical in the problems it faces, and a world leader in many of its solutions. Gibson also offers a more conceptual examination of theoretical implications and practical consequences. She elucidates debates in ways which will set new standards for aged care policy and practice more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 b/w illus. 17 tables
  • 1139166816
  • 9781139166812

Table of contents

Part I. What's the Problem?: 1. The issues; 2. The Australian policy response; Part II. What's the Practice?: 3. De-institutionalisation and the aged care reform strategy; 4. The feminisation of ageing; 5. Regulating the quality of care; 6. Implementing user rights strategies; Part III. Reconceptualising Problems, Reorienting Solutions: 7. The 'problem of old women' redefined; 8. The Gordian knot: Defining outcomes; 9. Whose rights? Whose responsibility?; 10. The problem of dependency: Construction and reconstruction; 11. New problems, old more