This umbrella group acts as advocate and activist against the growing weight of political change and governance for our future elder care. Therefore, I have decided to focus this study on the work of UKHCC, to explore three specific areas that are consistently in the media and of concern to both the recipients of care and the deliverer of care services in the UK.
My reason for considering this specific area of concern is that we are working in a demographic time bomb of care; as our elderly population grows, and our current elders continue to live beyond higher age trends; we are seeing a growing need to re-address, re-appraise and debate the future of care for ourselves and our elderly.
At this stage it is important to discuss the work of UKHCC, to offer understanding to the wider concerns that will be explored by the research being proposed. Its own website describes its focus, which appropriately give reference to its remit:
"United Kingdom Home Care Association Ltd (UKHCA) is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. UKHCA helps organisations that provide social care, which may include nursing services, to people in their own homes, promoting high standards of care and providing representation with national and regional policy-makers and regulators. The Association represents over 1,500 members across the United Kingdom, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland". www.ukhcc.org.uk (2006)
Having now introduced the nature of the potential enquiry we can now move to briefly consider the current debate in literature that has informed the initial interest in this project subject and hypothesis proposed.
The culture of care has in recent years been debated and discussed within academic circles to the point where this debate now firmly focused on developing a wider theoretical understanding of this concept within the context of delivery. We shall consider briefly the three objectives within the context of current literature and academic debate. This will allow for an informed and guided focus for the potential research study that is being planned.
Therefore to offer justice to the wealth of literature we would use the terms "care and home care" to be the context of our ensuring discussion that will offer a key conceptual analysis of the UKHCC, that will be the subjects of this, proposed study. This will afford firstly, an overview of: the legislation that informs delivery of home care provision in the SME's UKHCC represents; Secondly, the training