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Mainstreaming equality: Implications of the provision of support at home for majority and minority ethnic older people

Citation
Bowes A (2006) Mainstreaming equality: Implications of the provision of support at home for majority and minority ethnic older people. Social Policy and Administration, 40 (7), pp. 739-757. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2006.00530.x

Abstract
This paper explores the potential impact and practical difficulties of mainstreaming equalities in support at home for minority and majority ethnic older people, drawing on two linked empirical research projects. Social care providers have long faced difficulties in catering for diversity of need. Recently, diversity within minority ethnic groups has increased, and there is now a statutory duty to promote equality. Research findings illustrate the complexity of exclusionary processes, with particular reference to the example of health care. There is a gap between the high-level commitment to mainstreaming equality and people's lived experiences. Autonomy and choice are central to community care legislation, policy and practice guidance, but in reality, the research shows that choices are limited for both minority and majority older people. More user-focused approaches and grassroots involvement may offer ways forward, despite some limitations of current models. In conclusion, the potentiality of a broad mainstreaming equality perspective is highlighted, but challenges include a need for a more grounded approach, better engagement with user groups and a need to focus on understanding issues of implementation.

Keywords
Mainstreaming equality; Support at home; Older people; South Asians; Minority ethnic groups; Home care services

Journal
Social Policy and Administration: Volume 40, Issue 7

StatusPublished
Author(s)Bowes, Alison
Publication date31/12/2006
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/10593
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0144-5596
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