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To set up a care relationship that works well is a delicate matter, whether you are at the giving or the receiving end. In this free course we explore the very varied meanings of care relationships and how these meanings arise. Millions of care relationships are going on as you read this, and each carries its own particular meanings for those involved. But where have all those people picked up their ideas of how to relate to each other? How does any of us know where to begin?
After studying this unit you should be able to:
- demonstrate your understanding of the importance of negotiating the meaning of care relationships;
- identify ways in which people play the roles of ‘carer’ and ‘receiver of care’.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Playing roles together
- 1.2 Defining the scene
- 1.3 Defining yourself within the scene
- 1.4 Playing to the ‘script’
- 1.5 Teamwork
- 1.6 Difficult situations
- 1.7 ‘Care values’ in relationships
- 1.8 When meanings fall apart
- 1.9 Conclusion
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To set up a care relationship that works well is a delicate matter, whether you are at the giving or the receiving end. In this course we explore the very varied meanings of care relationships and how these meanings arise. Millions of care relationships are going on as you read this, and each carries its own particular meanings for those involved. But where have all those people picked up their ideas of how to relate to each other? How does any of us know where to begin?
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Social Care courses or view the range of currently available OU Social Care courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 24th June 2011
Last updated on: Friday, 12th October 2012
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