Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Participation and Co-production in the Care and Support of Older People

  • Trish Hafford-LetchfieldEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_369-1



Co-production in care refers to the active input by people who use care services, as well as – or instead of – those who traditionally provide them. This contrasts with approaches that treat people as passive recipients of services designed and delivered by someone else (Needham and Carr 2009). Co-production emphasizes that the people who use services have assets which can help be actively used to improve those services. These assets might involve their skills, lived experience, and expertise. These are welcomed within a spirit of mutuality and reciprocity in support that builds on the older person’s existing capabilities to facilitate change and to find shared and sustainable solutions. Co-production may involve moving resources as closely as possible to the older person for example, by giving them the opportunity to commission their own care from a nominated or actual budget or to make...

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  1. 1.School of Social Work and Social PolicyGlasgowScotland

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  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
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