|aManaging vulnerability : |bthe underlying dynamics of systems of care / |cTim Dartington.
|aunderlying dynamics of systems of care
|aLondon ; |aNew York, NY : |bRoutledge, |c
|axxi, 234 p. ; |c24 cm.
|aTavistock clinic series
|aOriginally published: London : Karnac, 2010.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 215-226) and index.
|aClinicians, managers and researchers - as well as politicians and religious leaders - are worrying about a lack of compassion and humanity in the care of vulnerable people in society. In this book The author explores the dynamics of care. He argues that we know how to do it, but somehow we seem to keep getting it wrong. Poor care in hospitals and care homes is well documented, and yet it continues. Care for people in their own homes is seen as an ideal, but the reality can be cruel and isolating. The author describes research over forty years in thinking why institutional and community care are both subject to processes of denial and fear of dependency. His examples include children in hospital, people with disabilities living in the community, and the care of older people and those with dementia.