Family carers and social difference

Kelli I. Stajduhar

in Death, Dying, and Social Differences

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599295
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731532 | DOI:
Family carers and social difference

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The rising number of people facing old age makes it likely that serious chronic and life-limiting illness will be a dominant challenge for health care delivery in the next half-century. Family carers will continue to play a major role in the provision of support and care. This chapter briefly summarizes what is known about family carers to lay the foundation to engage in discussions of difference. Specifically, it discusses ‘social differences’ that receive relatively little attention in the literature in relation to family care work: cultural and religious difference, and social class difference. The chapter uses examples to illustrate how these differences can challenge that which we have learned about carers and will suggest supportive interventions that take into account such difference.

Keywords: palliative care; end of life care; caregivers; family carers; family care

Chapter.  3836 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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