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Author Stacey, Clare L. (Clare Louise), 1973-

Title The caring self : the work experiences of home care aides / Clare L. Stacey
Published Ithaca : ILR Press, 2011


Description 1 online resource (xii, 199 pages)
Series The culture and politics of health care work
Culture and politics of health care work.
Contents Introduction : on the front lines of care -- The costs of caring -- Doing the dirty work : the physical and emotional labor of home care -- The rewards of caring -- Organizing home care -- Conclusion : improving the conditions of paid caregiving
Summary 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. In The Caring Self, Clare L. Stacey draws on observations of and interviews with aides working in Ohio and California to explore the physical and emotional labor associated with the care of others. Aides experience material hardships-most work for minimum wage, and the services they provide are denigrated as unskilled labor-and find themselves negotiating social norms and affective rules associated with both family and work. This has negative implications for workers who struggle to establish clear limits on their emotional labor in the intimate space of the home. Aides often find themselves giving more, staying longer, even paying out of pocket for patient medications or incidentals; in other words, they feel emotional obligations expected more often of family members than of employees. However, there are also positive outcomes: some aides form meaningful ties to elderly and disabled patients. This sense of connection allows them to establish a sense of dignity and social worth in a socially devalued job. The case of home care allows us to see the ways in which emotional labor can simultaneously have deleterious and empowering consequences for workers.-- Provided by Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Home health aides -- United States
Home care services -- Social aspects -- United States
Home care services -- United States -- Psychological aspects
Home Health Aides
Home Care Services
Caregivers -- psychology
MEDICAL -- Home Care.
Home care services -- Psychological aspects.
Home care services -- Social aspects.
Home health aides.
United States
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780801463310