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Ageing in Extra Care Housing: Preparation, Persistence and Self-Management at the Boundary Between the Third and Fourth Age

Johnson, Eleanor K, Cameron, Ailsa, Lloyd, Liz, Evans, Simon, Darton, Robin, Smith, Randall, Atkinson, Teresa, Porteus, Jeremy (2019) Ageing in Extra Care Housing: Preparation, Persistence and Self-Management at the Boundary Between the Third and Fourth Age. Ageing & Society, . ISSN 0144-686X. E-ISSN 1469-1779. (doi:10.1017/S0144686X19000849)

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Abstract

Extra care housing (ECH) has been hailed as a potential solution to some of the problems associated with traditional forms of social care, since it allows older people to live independently, while also having access to care and support if required. However, little longitudinal research has focused on the experiences of residents living in ECH, particularly in recent years. This paper reports on a longitudinal study of four ECH schemes in the United Kingdom (UK). Older residents living in ECH were interviewed four times over a two-year period to examine how changes in their care needs were encountered and negotiated by care workers, managers, and residents themselves. This paper focuses on how residents managed their own changing care needs within the context of ECH. Drawing upon theories of the third and fourth age, the paper makes two arguments. First, that transitions across the boundary between the third and fourth age are not always straightforward or irreversible and, moreover, can sometimes be resisted, planned-for, and managed by older people. Second, that operational practices within ECH schemes can function to facilitate or impede residents’ attempts to manage this boundary.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0144686X19000849
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] The Provision of Social Care in Extra Care Housing (ECHO)
Uncontrolled keywords: Ageing; care; extra care housing; fourth age; housing; longitudinal; social care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Robin Darton
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 11:14 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 11:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/74466 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Johnson, Eleanor K: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0968-3859
Cameron, Ailsa: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0201-0993
Lloyd, Liz: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9624-9614
Evans, Simon: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2919-8167
Darton, Robin: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8242-790X
Smith, Randall: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7997-5104
Atkinson, Teresa: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2020-7239
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