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Aged care in Launceston


Crisp, EP, Aged care in Launceston, The Fabric of Launceston, LGH Historical Committee, T Dunning, B Valentine & AC Richards (ed), Australia ISBN 9780994538666 (2016) [Other Book Chapter]

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Throughout its history the majority of the elderly people of Launceston have lived at home in their own community, either on their own or with family. But there have always been a number of people with no family and little money, who have needed extra help to cope with a frail old age. For nearly a century, the Tasmanian government provided assistance in three public institutions, and since the 1950s there have also been a number of private homes which provide accommodation for a growing number of elderly people in need of extra assistance and nursing care.

Although all these Homes have provided shelter and sustenance, the care has not always been as compassionate as we might hope. In the early days of the colony it was, in some cases literally, a crime to be old, ill, and alone, and the treatment provided to ‘invalids’ and ‘incurables’ was at best basic and at worst, inhumane. Drawing mainly on government records and newspaper articles of the time, this chapter will tell the story of aged care in Launceston, and highlight the improvements we have seen over the last 150 years.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:aged care, history, Launceston
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Crisp, EP (Dr Elaine Crisp)
ID Code:112400
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-11-08
Last Modified:2016-11-11

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