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The pandemic has made unpaid care more visible through its absence, whilst also increasing the need for it.
Drawing on a range of research projects covering Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US, this book documents a broad spectrum of unpaid work performed by residents, relatives, volunteers and staff in nursing homes.
It demonstrates how boundaries between paid and unpaid work are flexible, varying considerably with conditions, time, place and intersectional populations.
By examining the complex labour process within nursing homes, this book provides insight and understanding which will be critical in planning for nursing home care post-pandemic.
Pat Armstrong is a Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at York University in Toronto.
1. Introduction - Pat Armstrong and Marta Szebehely
2. The struggle in navigating the system to get a nursing home bed: Family involvement in nursing home placement in Ontario and Sweden - Petra Ulmanen, Ruth Lowndes and Jacqueline A. Choiniere
3. Settling in: Family members’ participation as relatives move into a nursing home in Ontario and Sweden - Ruth Lowndes, Petra Ulmanen, Jacqueline Choiniere
4. “‘They make the difference between survival and living’: Social Activities and Social Relations in Long-term Residential Care.” - James Struthers and Gudmund Ågotnes
5. Stepping in: When and how family members intercede to provide housekeeping, laundry, clothing, and food needs - Christine Streeter
6. Socks, Showers, Sex: Lessons from nursing home bodywork in two contexts - Susan Braedley
7. Enough is enough: Social relations of advocacy work - Janna Klostermann and Hugh Armstrong
8. Care home staff perspectives on the involvement of families - Frode Fadnes Jacobsen, Ruth Lowndes, Marta Szebehely and Gudmund Ågotnes
9. Bringing the outside in and the inside out: the role of institutional boundaries of nursing homes - Frode F. Jacobsen and Gudmund Ågotnes
10. Conclusions - Pat Armstrong and Hugh Armstrong