Staying home, connecting care: Infrastructures and experiences of home care and voluntary support given and received at home during the UK covid 19 lockdown and beyond.

Grant number: COV19\200760

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    British Academy
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    Bournemouth University, Department of Social Sciences and Social Work, in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.
  • Research Category

    Secondary impacts of disease, response & control measures

  • Research Subcategory

    Indirect health impacts

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Adults (18 and older)Older adults (65 and older)

  • Vulnerable Population


  • Occupations of Interest

    Social Workers


The UK covid 19 lockdown and ongoing social distancing has increased the dependence of many older people on care services provided to them in their homes. This has brought additional pressures to home (domiciliary) care provision in the social care sector and volunteer services for people at home provided by charities and non-profits, both of which were already financially stretched and operationally disconnected from each other. This research project will investigate in detail how these two strained infrastructures of care are responding to increased demand, focusing on experiences of care providers (volunteers, their coordinators, care workers and their managers) as well as care recipients who rely on both types of service. This research will inform scholarly and policy dialogues about the interface between home care and volunteer support to people at home, by considering how these separate services could be strengthened through greater cooperation.