From Poor Law to Community Care

The Development of Welfare Services for Elderly People 1939-1971

Robin Means and Randall Smith

From Poor Law to Community Care
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Robin Means and Randall Smith

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

380 pages | 6 x 8 1/2 | © 1985
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861340856 Published September 1998 For sale in North and South America only
Recent community care changes have raised fundamental issues about the changing role of the public, voluntary and informal sectors in the provision of social care to older people. They have also raised issues about the health and social care interface, the extent to which services should be rationed and the respective roles of residential care and care at home.From Poor Law to community care sets these debates in the context of the historical growth of welfare services from the outbreak of the Second World War through to the establishment of social services departments in 1971. Based on extensive research on primary sources, such as the Public Records Office and interviews with key actors, the book considers the changing perceptions of the needs of elderly people, the extent to which they have been a priority for resources and the possibilities for a policy which combines respect for elderly people with an avoidance of the exploitation of relatives.This is an updated second edition of The development of welfare services for elderly people, first published by Croom Helm, 1985. It is essential reading for practitioners and policy makers interested in gerontology, policy studies, community care and postgraduate students studying and training in a range of health and social care related professions.

1. Introduction
2. Evacuation and elderly people in the Second World War
3. Civilian morale and elderly people: the emergence of ‘reforms’ in residential and domiciliary welfare services
4. The 1948 National Assistance Act and the provision of welfare services for elderly people
5. Issues in residential care
6. Avoiding institutional care: the changing role of the state, the family and the voluntary organisations
7. The restructuring of welfare services for elderly people
8. Community care and older people: reflections on the past, present and future

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