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Achieving care and social justice for people with dementia

Achieving care and social justice for people with dementia
Achieving care and social justice for people with dementia
This article draws on two studies that have used an ethic of care analysis to explore lay, nursing and social work care for people with dementia. It discusses the political as well as the practice application of ethic of care principles and highlights the necessity to understand both what people do and the meanings with which such practices are imbued in order to identify ‘good care’ and the relationship between this and social justice. Examples of care for people with dementia are discussed by reference to core principles of an ethic of care: attentiveness, responsibility, competence, responsiveness and trust. These illustrate the potential for the development of a shared language within which different disciplines, lay carers and people with dementia can communicate about how needs could best be met in complex and difficult circumstances.
carers, ethic of care, human rights, older people
0969-7330
384-395
Barnes, M.
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Brannelly, Tula
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Barnes, M.
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Brannelly, Tula
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Barnes, M. and Brannelly, Tula (2008) Achieving care and social justice for people with dementia. Nursing Ethics, 15 (3), 384-395. (doi:10.1177/0969733007088363). (PMID:18388172)

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This article draws on two studies that have used an ethic of care analysis to explore lay, nursing and social work care for people with dementia. It discusses the political as well as the practice application of ethic of care principles and highlights the necessity to understand both what people do and the meanings with which such practices are imbued in order to identify ‘good care’ and the relationship between this and social justice. Examples of care for people with dementia are discussed by reference to core principles of an ethic of care: attentiveness, responsibility, competence, responsiveness and trust. These illustrate the potential for the development of a shared language within which different disciplines, lay carers and people with dementia can communicate about how needs could best be met in complex and difficult circumstances.

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Published date: May 2008
Keywords: carers, ethic of care, human rights, older people
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences, Researcher Development

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Local EPrints ID: 389542
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/389542
ISSN: 0969-7330
PURE UUID: 9ee0e4d1-4764-46f1-8add-3132d83c1548

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Date deposited: 08 Mar 2016 16:36
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 20:42

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Author: M. Barnes
Author: Tula Brannelly

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