About the book
Caregiving refers to care provision for people sick, disabled or vulnerable. Caregivers are those who provide such care and care receivers are those in receipt of such care. Caregivers include professionals, family members, friends, neighbours, volunteers, etc. that assist care recipients in settings that include short stay and longer stay hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living homes, and private residences. Caring relates to the type and severity of conditions that characterize a care recipient and to the context in which those conditions occur. The contexts include institutional and community settings and level of support for the recipient within those settings.
The purpose of this book is to provide cutting-edge evidence-driven information that includes (but is not necessarily limited to) the following:
(1) Facilitators and barriers for effective caregiving by different types of caregiver (e.g., formal and informal caregivers);
(2) Effective caregiving practices associated with different types of illness, disability or vulnerability (e.g., cancer care, palliative care);
(3) Care provision in institutional and community settings;
(4) Issues related to evaluation of the effectiveness of caregiving practices;
(5) Policy concerns with respect to caregiving.
The expectation is that the volume will be useful to academics, care providers and recipients, and those interested in matters of policy.