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Unheard voices, unmapped terrain: care work in long-term residential care for older people in Canada and Sweden
York University, Canada.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Omsorgi omvandling)
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 21, no 2, 139-148 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims to contribute to comparative welfare state research by analysing the everyday work life of long-term care facility workers in Canadaand Sweden. The study’s empirical base was a survey of fixed and open-ended questions. The article presents results from a subset of respondents (care aides and assistant nurses) working in facilities in three Canadian provinces (n = 557) and across Sweden (n = 292). The workers’ experiences were linked to the broader economic and organisational contexts of residential care in the two jurisdictions.We found a high degree of country-specific differentiation of work organisation:Canada follows a model of highly differentiated task-oriented work, whereasSweden represents an integrated relational care work model. Reflecting differences in the vertical division of labour, the Canadian care aides had more demanding working conditions than their Swedish colleagues. The consequences of these models for care workers, for older people and for their families are discussed.

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2012. Vol. 21, no 2, 139-148 p.
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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60129DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00806.xISI: 000300981600004OAI: diva2:433369
Available from: 2011-08-09 Created: 2011-08-09 Last updated: 2014-08-14

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