An article examined the changing nature of domiciliary care, drawing on labour process theory to discuss the commodification of caring labour in the context of its privatization, and the constraints, contradictions, and challenges of paid care work.
Source: Sharon Bolton and Gemma Wibberley, 'Domiciliary care: the formal and informal labour process', Sociology, Volume 48 Issue 4
An article examined how social innovations in local domiciliary long-term care were shaped and implemented, examining the trajectories of three local innovations for elderly people in Hamburg (Germany), Edinburgh (Scotland), and Geneva (Switzerland). It discussed the theoretical context of social innovation as a discursive process of problem redefinition, and the influence of two structuring discourses (libertarian and neo-liberal).
Source: Olivier Giraud, Barbara Lucas, Katrin Falk, Susanne Kumpers, and Arnaud Lechevalier, 'Innovations in local domiciliary long-term care: from libertarian criticism to normalisation', Social Policy and Society, Volume 13 Issue 3
An article examined commissioning and contracting arrangements for domiciliary care and care home provision for older people in England, and their influence on the recruitment and retention of staff in these services.
Source: Helen Chester, Jane Hughes, and David Challis, 'Commissioning social care for older people: influencing the quality of direct care', Ageing and Society, Volume 34 Issue 6
An article examined the value to older adults of home care visits by health or social care professionals, based on a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. It said that home visiting was not consistently associated with differences in mortality or independent living. However, it said that there was poor reporting of intervention components and delivery in some instances, which meant that it was still possible that some services were effective, but not evidenced.
Source: Evan Mayo-Wilson, Sean Grant, Jennifer Burton, Amanda Parsons, Kristen Underhill, and Paul Montgomery, 'Preventive home visits for mortality, morbidity, and institutionalization in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis', PLoS ONE, Volume 9 Number 3