Clinicians, managers and researchers - as well as politicians and religious leaders - are worrying about a lack of compassion and humanity in the care of vulnerable people in society. In this book The author explores the dynamics of care. He argues that we know how to do it, but somehow we seem to keep getting it wrong. Poor care in hospitals and care homes is well documented, and yet it continues. Care for people in their own homes is seen as an ideal, but the reality can be cruel and isolating. The author describes research over forty years in thinking why institutional and community care are both subject to processes of denial and fear of dependency. His examples include children in hospital, people with disabilities living in the community, and the care of older people and those with dementia.
Table of Contents
Series Editor’s Preface -- Preface -- Individual Survival and Organizational Life -- Thinking about systems of care -- The gang in the organization -- Self and identity: defences against vulnerability -- The question of dependency -- The pursuit of common unhappiness -- The Survival of the Unfittest -- The management challenge -- The isolation of care services -- Mediating between systems -- The case for integration -- Human nature and organizational change -- True and false relationship in health and social care -- The costs of care -- The Personal and the Professional -- An Alzheimer’s case study -- My unfaithful brain: a journey into Alzheimer’s Disease -- Learning to live with dementia -- Two weeks in 2006 -- The realities of care -- Postscript—learning from experience -- Conclusions -- Reflections on partnership: can we allow systems to care?