Transforming bodywork in eldercare with wash-and-dry toilets

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Abstract

This paper addresses how the introduction of welfare technologies in Denmark makes the bodywork of eldercare an object of public governance, and investigates how wash-and-dry toilets co-constitute professional care work. First, a theoretical frame is established for studying care, with emphasis on bodywork as a socio-material and collective accomplishment. The paper then unfolds the great ex-pectations tied to welfare technologies in general, and wash-and-dry toilets specifically. Turning to differentiated examples of situated uses of the toilets, the complexity of making the toilets work within the context of professional eldercare is illustrated. Some of the uses of the toilets in care work are in concordance with policy expectations. Other uses demonstrate difficulties in satisfying the great expectations and call for a more complex understanding of what it takes to achieve digni-fied, technologically assisted care without silencing the skills and professionalism of care workers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Working Life Studies
Volume9
Issue numberS5
Pages (from-to)49-67
ISSN2245-0157
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Assistive Technology
  • Bodywork
  • Care work
  • Dirty work
  • Eldercare policy
  • Empowerment
  • Socio-material practices
  • Wash-and-dry toilets
  • Welfare technology
  • Welfare state reform

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Transforming bodywork in eldercare with wash-and-dry toilets. / Hansen, Agnete Meldgaard; Grosen, Sidsel Lond.

In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, Vol. 9, No. S5, 02.03.2019, p. 49-67.

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