Chapter 24 Care and home support services
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In many countries, the social and solidarity economy (SSE) takes a major role in the field of home support services for people with disabilities, alongside the public, private and domestic (family caregivers, friends or family members) sectors. This participation of different service providers manifests in a variety of welfare mixes in different countries. Research demonstrates that the SSE falls within hybrid models of policy and resources, within which it is considered either as a service subcontractor in a competitive (co-production) context, or as an actor participating in the co-construction of these services within a collaborative and partner-based framework. In these diverse regimes of service provision, SSE acts as an intermediary between the supply and demand for these services that contributes to the emergence of social innovations. Many of these innovations are made in the dimension of an ethics of care, encouraging the recognition of the skills needed for care work, which are often underappreciated and carried out primarily by women for the benefit of dependent people.

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