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Voices of Long-Term Care Workers
Elder Care in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond
Andrea Freidus and Dena Shenk
218 pages, 30 ills., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-192-0 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (January 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-199-9 eBook Not Yet Published
“The book provides remarkable insights into the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on front-line workers in North Carolina who care for the residential elderly (and) uses an excellent combination of ethnographic and epidemiological methods to provide in-depth qualitative insights while contextualized by the larger quantitative world of disease transmission.” • Linda M. Whiteford, University of South Florida
There were many challenges, successes, and concerns in providing long-term care to older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking at central North Carolina, the authors highlight the implications of providing long-term care to older Americans, with an emphasis on the importance of communication, resilience of staff, and value of human infrastructure.
Based on extensive interviews, this collection of essays reflects on the participants’ individual experiences and represents the voices of staff and caregivers working in long-term residential care communities, in-home and community-based programs, as well as regional aging service providers and advocates.
Andrea Freidus is the Graduate Director of the MA/MPH program at UNC Charlotte. She is an applied medical anthropologist whose main research interest is about the impact of COVID-19 on congregate and community-based care for older Americans in the Charlotte region.
Dena Shenk is Emerita Professor of Anthropology at UNC Charlotte. She is the author of Someone to Lend a Helping Hand: Women Growing Old in Rural Society (Gordon & Breach Science Publishers Ltd, 1998) and has published numerous articles and book chapters about aging, people living with dementia, and their formal caregivers in the US, Denmark and Peru.
Subject: Medical AnthropologySociologyApplied Anthropology
Area: North America
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