Section 5. - Importance of the Family in the Care for Persons with Disabilities in their Social Environment

The family as a social unit plays an important role in a care of a person with disability in natural social environment. Care within the family is a manifestation of a mutual coherence and responsibility of family members for each other, but it requires a great deal of specific expertise in the provision of care that is often very difficult. Specific forms of family cohabitation in relation to significant societal changes take different forms over time and there is a gradual loosening of formality and hierarchy in the family systems. This does not alter the fact that care in a family environment offers many advantages in comparison with the provision of care in institutions - and not only in the case when it is provided exclusively and full-time, but also in combination with the use of some social services.

The section will provide a space for contributions focused on the professional debate about the meaning and role of the family in relation to its members with handicap  and on the subject of value systems of caring families, a topic of decision-making processes of families about providing/not providing care, a topic of specifics of meeting the needs of a person with disability in the family environment, the topic of system support/non-support towards caregivers, the topic of reconciling caregiving and other responsibilities of caregivers, about dealing with difficult life situations related to home care, topics related to the realization of concrete projects at different levels or examples of good practice, and more. Mentioned list of topics is not closed, people interested in active participation in the section can also come with other issues related to the content focus.

(guarantorMgr. Lucie Smutková, Ph.D., Ing. Milena Němcová)
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Sep 21, 2016, 12:04 AM