Home care in Australia: an integrative review

Debra Palesy, Samantha Jakimowicz, Carla Saunders, Joanne Lewis

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Abstract

The home care sector comprises one of Australia’s fastest growing workforces, yet few papers capture the overall landscape of Australian home care. This integrative review investigates home care with the aim of better understanding care recipients and their needs, funding, and regulation; care worker skills, tasks, demographics, employment conditions, and training needs. Over 2,700 pieces of literature were analyzed to inform this review. Results suggest sector fragmentation and a home care workforce who, although well-placed to improve outcomes for care recipients, are in need of better training and employment support. Suggestions for future research regarding Australian home care include studies that combine both aged and disability aspects of care, more research around care recipients, priority needs and strategies for addressing them, and how best to prepare home care workers for their roles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-139
Number of pages27
JournalHome Health Care Services Quarterly
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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