Caregiving and care sharing take place across the life course and involve various configurations. Although there are similarities, families have different needs and experiences of care depending on the caregiving situation, life course issues, and unique personal history.
In Caregiving and Care Sharing: A Life Course Perspective, the authors highlight the experience of providing care in several different family situations. This book not only serves as a guide to assist those caring for older adults, but also examines the experiences of older caregivers caring for younger adults, as older parents care for adult children with intellectual and psychiatric conditions, or when grandparents are raising their grandchildren. The caregiving needs of veterans are also addressed.
As the number of older adults rises, the diversity of the population will also increase. The concept of care sharing indicates that care provision is not a solitary task. It implies that professionals are part of a caregiving collective—joining with families to promote functioning of those who require care. The chapters in this book identify various experiences of care and provide an opportunity for students and practitioners to develop their own model as professionals who will be part of a caregiving collective.
Caregiving and Care Sharing: A Life Course Perspective is not just another book on caregiving that identifies challenges and opportunities of caring for a particular population. Rather, it presents a distinctive model of social care as well as the concept of care sharing as a way to capture the intersections of the micro/macro aspects of caregiving within a broader societal context. Linked to core social work competencies, it posits an integrated practice model, which assesses and builds on resilience and is solidly grounded in social work's primary theoretical perspectives and values. These practice models and theories are applied to rich complex cases that capture a wide range of care sharing situations across the life course, such as caring for someone with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or posttraumatic stress. Throughout, issues of cultural diversity and cultural competence are skillfully addressed, resulting in a book relevant to generalist and advanced practice courses.
Nancy R. Hooyman, PhD, MSW
Hooyman Endowed Professor in Gerontology
Co-PI, CSWE National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education
University of Washington School of Social Work