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The business of care
 — a study of private residential homes for old people
Author(s)Tim Weaver, Dianne Willcocks, Leonie Kellaher
Corporate AuthorCentre for Environmental and Social Studies in Ageing - CESSA, Polytechnic of North London
PublisherCESSA, Polytechnic of North London, London, 1985
Pages173 pp (CESSA report no 1)
KeywordsPrivate care homes ; Residents [care homes] ; Quality of life ; Management [care] ; Norfolk.
AnnotationThe private residential care sector is examined, based on a detailed investigation of a sample of ten homes in Norfolk, and formal interviews with some 92 residents, 74 staff and 10 proprietors. The focus of the enquiry was the quality of life experienced by residents. This was approached by looking at the way home owners operate their establishments. The report presents profiles of residents, staff, proprietors and homes. The last four chapters examine aspects of the way in which these four elements interact in the context of a home's physical and social environments, the process of regulation, and homes' attempts to produce profit and care together. Two modes of provision are identified: the small cottage proprietor whose profitability can be tenuous; and the more entrepreneurial individual who may be part of a `professional' grouping. Whilst the private sector is able to provide care, it requires the local authority to help create a context in which it can survive and develop. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930510021 B
ClassmarkKWH: KX: F:59: QA: 8N

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