The subjective world of home care workers in dementia: an “order of worth” analysis

Cheryl Travers, Justine Schneider, Kristian Pollock, Samantha Wilkinson, Lucy Perry-Young, Nicola Turner

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The perspective of domiciliary workers is needed to recruit a high-quality workforce and meet growing demand. An English ethnographic study yielded extensive insights. To structure analysis of the study data, we apply a method developed by political theorists Boltanski and Thévenot (2006) that identifies key variables in different values systems. This ‘orders of worth’ framework is used to map out the distinctive features of the subjective world of home carers. The results can be drawn on to formulate recruitment and retention policies, to design reward strategies or to ensure that training and education opportunities engage effectively with the workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-109
Number of pages14
JournalHome Health Care Services Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2019


  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Community and Home Care


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