Journal Article

Asian Carers’ Perceptions of Care Assessment and Support in the Community

David Hepworth

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 3, pages 337-353
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online March 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Asian Carers’ Perceptions of Care Assessment and Support in the Community

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Within a study of the use of carer assessment forms, Asian carers were given the opportunity to describe and comment on their perceptions and experiences of community care assessment and support. Although their confidence in community care workers was not exclusively related to ethnicity, they relied a great deal on semi-informal contacts with minority ethnic workers through their own local communities. The concept of ‘friendship’ with professionals was important to many Asian carers. In common with the findings of other carer studies, many Asian carers were uncertain about their experience of formal assessment and unclear about their entitlements and availability of community care support. ‘Outreach’ contact and ‘befriending’ support was greatly appreciated. Day-care and sitting support were seen as a priority for formal services. Apart from contact with general practitioners, there was limited awareness or experience of community health-care support. Most of these Asian carers were involved with carer support groups. They spoke of the benefits in terms of social interaction and mutual support, counteracting feelings of isolation, and access to information and formal support.

Keywords: Asian carers; care assessment; community care support

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Subjects: Social Work

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