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Rural ageingA good place to grow old?$
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Norah Keating

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349019

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.001.0001

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Distance, privacy and independence: rural homecare

Distance, privacy and independence: rural homecare

Chapter:
(p.43) Five Distance, privacy and independence: rural homecare
Source:
Rural ageing
Author(s):

Joanie Sims-Gould

Anne Martin-Matthews

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.003.0005

This chapter looks at rural homecare and how living and working in a rural community can pose certain challenges to the delivery and receipt of homecare services. It shows that in very small places, the home support workers don't have the same anonymity that workers in larger places have. The discussion determines that it is not unusual for older rural residents to have a home support worker who is the child of a close friend, a neighbour or even a relative. This chapter concludes that while formal home support services may not be as readily available in rural areas as in urban areas, there are issues that are specific to working, living, and receiving services in a rural context. Nevertheless, it is determined that rural places can still be supportive to ageing in a place. The presence or absence of formal services is not the sole indicator of the social vitality of rural communities, nor is it the only indicator of whether rural areas are indeed good places in which to grow old.

Keywords:   rural homecare, homecare services, anonymity, home support worker, home support services, formal services, social vitality

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