Implementation of community care: case studies

Atkinson, Dorothy and Rolph, Sheena (2006). Implementation of community care: case studies. In: Welshman, John and Walmsley, Jan eds. Community care in perspective: care, control and citizenship. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 201–218.



This chapter considers the implementation of community care through two locality studies, one urban, one rural. We consider two aspects of community care, namely how people live; and how they spend their time. We argue that community care was written into government policy from as early as the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act onwards, but that it gradually changed in focus during the later decades of the 2oth century. The most striking feature of the chpater is that the stories of the two geographical areas are in the end very similar. The chapter is of particular relevance for carer communities.

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