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Older People in Law and Society$
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Jonathan Herring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.001.0001

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(p.94) 4 Carers
Older People in Law and Society

Jonathan Herring (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Older people can be involved in care work, either as the givers of care, or as the recipients of it. This chapter looks at the rights and responsibilities of those carers. It demonstrates the ways in which carers have been ignored by the law and the relatively little social or legal recognition given to carers. It considers how better to promote the interests of carers and how to balance their interests with those they are caring for. The chapter considers the support available to carers from local authorities and the government's attempts to improve the services available.

Keywords:   care, caregiver, mental capacity, benefits, local authorities, ethics of care, legal recognition

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