Journal article

'You can't just put somebody in a situation with no armour'. An ethnographic exploration of the training and support needs of homecare workers caring for people living with dementia

Monica Leverton, Alexandra Burton, Jules Beresford-Dent, Penny Rapaport, Jill Manthorpe, Hassan Mansour, Stefanny Guerra Ceballos, Murna Downs, Quincy Samus, Briony Dow, Kathryn Lord, Claudia Cooper

DEMENTIA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL RESEARCH AND PRACTICE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Homecare workers carry out complex work with people living with dementia, while under-supported, undervalued and undertrained. In this ethnographic study, we explore the skills, training and support needs of homecare workers supporting people living with dementia. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We conducted 82 interviews with people living with dementia (n = 11), family caregivers (n = 22), homecare staff (n = 30) and health and social care professionals (n = 19) and conducted 100-hours of participant observations with homecare workers (n = 16). We triangulated interview and observational findings and analysed data thematically. RESULTS: We developed four themes: 1) 'Navigating the..

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Grants

Awarded by Alzheimer's Society [Alzheimer's Society Centre of Excellence]


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Alzheimer's Society [Alzheimer's Society Centre of Excellence grant number 330] and was carried out within the UCL Alzheimer's Society Centre of Excellence for Independence at Home, NIDUS programme (New Interventions for Independence in Dementia Study).