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The Caring Self: The Work Experiences of Home Care Aides

Clare L. Stacey

Abstract

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 1.7 million home health aides and personal and home care aides in the United States as of 2008. These home care aides are rapidly becoming the backbone of America's system of long-term care, and their numbers continue to grow. Often referred to as frontline care providers or direct care workers, home care aides—disproportionately women of color—bathe, feed, and offer companionship to the elderly and disabled in the context of the home. This book draws on observations of and interviews with aides working in Ohio and Californi ... More

Keywords: home health aides, home care aides, long-term care, frontline care, women of color, emotional labor, elderly patients, disabled patients

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449857
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449857.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare L. Stacey, author
Kent State University

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