Care home providers as professionals: understanding the motivations of care home providers in England

Matosevic, Tihana and Knapp, Martin R J. and Kendall, Jeremy and Henderson, Catherine and Fernández, José-Luis (2007) Care home providers as professionals: understanding the motivations of care home providers in England. Ageing and Society, 27 (1). pp. 103-126. ISSN 0144-686X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X06005290

Abstract

The financial and social climate in which the residential-care sector operates in the United Kingdom has changed substantially over recent years. This paper examines the underlying motivations for providing residential-care services for older people. We focus on the motivations of a sample of managers and owners of care homes drawn from eight English local authorities, and explore the intrinsic aspects of their motivations, particularly professional achievement, recognition and job satisfaction. The majority of the respondents' primary motivations were to meet the needs of older people and to accomplish professional achievements. Their caring motivations had four principal components, which were labelled professional, financial, client-specific and client-generic, and as for their professional motivations, the interviewees reported high levels of job satisfaction. The respondents were satisfied with their career choice and felt that, through their work, they were contributing to society. The study identified several personal and external factors that influenced the providers' intrinsic motivations and professional aspirations. The presented evidence suggests that if future policies are to improve the quality of care-home services, it is essential that they also incorporate the professional needs of care-home providers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: intrinsic motivation, older people, care-home services, professional motivation, career choice, care-home providers.
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008 20:56
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2014 15:49
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12618 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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