Fragile familiarity in transnational home care arrangements for older people

van Holten, Karin; Kaspar, Heidi; Soom Ammann, Eva (2019). Fragile familiarity in transnational home care arrangements for older people International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, 13(2), pp. 51-82. Linköping University Electronic Press 10.3384/ijal.1652-8670.18403

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This paper examines the notion of familiarity in live-in elder care settings and how it is challenged, changed, and reestablished. Live-in care is a strategy to prevent disruptions and preserve familiarity in enabling older persons in need of extensive care to stay at home – and thus, to enable ageing in place. This paper problematizes this strategy based on interviews with family caregivers who engaged a migrant live-in care worker in Switzerland. The key argument is that live-in care arrangements constitute an all-embracing form of inserting formal, paid-for care service delivery into the informal, private, intimate space of home. The live-in care arrangement not only challenges the familiarity of the home space, but also seems to ask for strategies of adaptation to familiarize the unfamiliar. Therefore, the introduction of live-in care is consequential for all involved parties and requires largely underestimated efforts to adapt to the new home space. Keywords: care migration, familiarity, home, home care, live-in care, long-term care, old-age care, transnational care.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Health Professions

Name:

van Holten, Karin;
Kaspar, Heidi and
Soom Ammann, Eva

ISSN:

1652-8670

Publisher:

Linköping University Electronic Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Golz

Date Deposited:

24 Jan 2020 06:37

Last Modified:

26 Jan 2020 01:32

Publisher DOI:

10.3384/ijal.1652-8670.18403

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Additional Information:

Date: 2019

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.10210

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/10210

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