Être présent auprès des absents : Repenser la relation de soin en établissement d’hébergement pour personnes âgées

Abstract : Being present near absentees. Rethinking caring relationship in nursing homes for dependent elderly people Based on ethnographic fieldwork undertaken into two long term care facilities for elderly people in France, this paper explores how the “feeling of absence” experienced by professional caregivers facing Alzheimer’s patients “tests” their professionalism, both in terms of ethics and inter-relations. One of their answers to such professional tests is to try revealing a preserved presence of theses patients, or even sometimes producing it performatively. Carers' work on presence provides the analysis with an interesting insight on how much of a test the absence is to them. It leads to re-think what care means when the caregivers face elderly persons who seem not to be able to fit into the ordinary caring relationship.
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Lucie Lechevalier Hurard. Être présent auprès des absents : Repenser la relation de soin en établissement d’hébergement pour personnes âgées. SociologieS, Toulouse : Association internationale des sociologues de langue française, 2016, Relation d’aide et de soin et épreuves de professionnalité, https://sociologies.revues.org/5441. ⟨https://sociologies.revues.org/⟩. ⟨hal-01337718⟩

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