Comparing and contrasting the role of family carers and nurses in the domestic health care of frail older people


Susan Pickard National Primary Care Research and Development Centre Fifth Floor Williamson Building University of Manchester Oxford Road Manchester M13 9 PL UK E-mail:


Care in the community has been constructed on the basis of professional support for carers who, as a result of community care policy that has released highly dependant people from residential care and long-stay wards, are carrying out a wide range of tasks, including complex health care activities. The present paper examines the health care activities currently undertaken by family carers and the way in which they work with, and are supported by, professional nurses in the home. It compares and contrasts the approaches of both groups to care-giving for this client group. The authors conclude by making some suggestions for improving the way in which family carers and nurses work together in the home.