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Older people in rural communities: rethinking the meaning of family-based care.

Pathways to Policy, 5th Australian Family Research Conference

Author: Knapman, C.
Year: 1996
Type: Conference Paper


The current restructuring of aged care, which emphasises reduced institutionalisation and the development of community support services, is predicated on the value position that the vast majority of care should and will be provided by the family. While research on metropolitan areas suggests that such assumptions may be problematic, there is a general belief that in rural communities family ties are stronger and there is more stability in family life. On the other hand, in rural communities concern is often expressed about the urban pull on younger people breaking up families. This paper examines the views of various family members about caregiving and living arrangements of older people in a predominantly canegrowing area of North Queensland. What do older people thinks are the best options when they need help with daily living? Do those who are closest to them share their views? What plans have been made for their care, should help become necessary? Does previous experience of providing support and care influence older people's attitudes and expectations?

Further Details

Pages 11 p.
Publish Location Brisbane
Publisher Australian Institute of Family Studies
Accession Number December, 2010
Keywords Queensland, older, carer

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