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Informal Care
Informal care

When examining the whole picture of care provided for people with long-term health and social care needs, an important distinction should be drawn between care that is provided in the community (carried out by the Health and Social Services), and care by the community. The latter form of care is based primarily upon kinship obligations between members of an immediate family and is generally referred to as ‘informal care’. The realities of community care policy (see Long-term health and social care needs) in England and Wales (though not Scotland) have meant that informal, essentially unpaid care provision remains predominant. Although the average number of contact hours provided by health and social care professionals to ‘clients’ receiving ‘home care’ rose to 9.5 hours ...

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