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From ‘Us and Them’ to ‘Me and You’: Fostering Inclusion in Daily Care Practice in Terms of Equal Partnership

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Mieke Cardol ,

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, NL
About Mieke
Mieke Cardol is Professor in Disability Studies at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. She teaches and researches on experiential knowledge of people with a chronic condition, well-being and agency in the context of care and support, and in the context of participation. In the research she undertakes, people with a condition themselves often are co-researchers.
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Maaike Hermsen,

HAN University of Applied Sciences, NL
About Maaike
Maaike Hermsen is professor Ethics of connecting people with intellectual disabilities at HAN University of Applied Sciences
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Ida E. Van Asselt-Goverts,

HAN University of Applied Sciences, NL
About Ida
Ida van Asselt-Goverts works as a teacher and researcher at the HAN University of Applied Sciences. Her thesis was about the social networks of people with mild intellectual disabilities.
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Sander R. Hilberink

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, NL
About Sander
Sander Hilberink studied clinical psychology, and is currently professor at Rotterdam University of Applied Science. He is interested in ageing with life-long disabilities, focusing on participation, citizenship and health issues. In studying these, he combines the perspectives of Disability Studies, Rehabilitation Medicine and Psychology. Next to a scientific career of 20 years, he equally appreciates the lived experiences of being a citizen with cerebral palsy.
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Abstract

Inclusion is an important topic in today’s society, yet it is surrounded by confusion and is difficult to attain in reality. This paper aims to critically appraise the concept of inclusion, to reflect on the essence of what inclusion in society is about, and to translate this essence into user involvement in small-scale, long-term care practices for people with disabilities. Most professionals in care services find user involvement important, and user involvement has shifted expectations and broadened the roles of clients in health care, but real partnerships remain difficult to achieve. In this paper, we try to understand why this is the case and what can be done about it. To this end, we reflect on the mechanisms underlying the difficulties in realising partnerships in everyday care practices and portray two long-term care practices in which the professionals and care users work in partnership. Finally, we draw conclusions about the factors underlying these practices in the context of inclusion.
How to Cite: Cardol, M., Hermsen, M., Van Asselt-Goverts, I.E. and Hilberink, S.R., 2021. From ‘Us and Them’ to ‘Me and You’: Fostering Inclusion in Daily Care Practice in Terms of Equal Partnership. Journal of Social Inclusion, 12(2), pp.46–56. DOI: http://doi.org/10.36251/josi.177
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Published on 22 Nov 2021.
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