Re-imagining long-term residential care: an international study of promising practices

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2017
Funding: 2500000 CAD


Long-term residential care is where many of our most vulnerable members live and, in spite of moves towards aging in place, where many will continue to live in the future. It is also a workplace for thousands of paid and unpaid providers, most of whom are women and many of whom are from racialized communities. It is a barometer of values and practices; a signal of economic, cultural and social perspectives. It raises issues well beyond specific services and practices; issues such as human and social rights, the role of the state, responsibilities of individuals and families, work organization and skills; and notions of care. Yet too often it is characterized as failure; failure of the family to care, failure of the health care system to cure and failure of the individual to live independently, perhaps explaining why it has received so little research and policy attention. Instead of focusing mainly on failures, this project identifies promising practices for conceptualizing and organizing long-term care, learning from and with other countries. What approaches to care, to work organization, to accountability, to financing and ownership offer the most promising practices when the goal is to treat both providers and residents with dignity and respect, to understand care as a relationship and to take differences and equity into account? What contexts and conditions support these practices, allowing residents and providers to flourish? These are questions for the social sciences and humanities, as well as for those who deliver, those who organize and those who need care.

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