Ubuntu-informed care for the elderly: Towards a holistic care for older persons

Kang'ethe Simon Murote, Ndungi wa Mungai

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This chapter presents a theoretical discussion on how an Ubuntu-based approach could transform practices and policies in improving the lives of older people, their families, and their communities. Ubuntu calls for a society that is caring, sharing, respectful and compassionate towards all its members. Ubuntu underscores respect for the older persons who are the source of great wisdom. Based on the Ubuntu worldview, we argue for a holistic approach for older persons, their families, and communities. This also calls for societies to go back to the fundamentals of caring and call for the restoration of the social capital that sustained human societies in the past. Further, the book chapter criticizes the individualist approaches for inadequate support for older persons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ubuntu Practitioner
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Work Perspectives
EditorsBernard Mayaka, Consolée Uwihangana , Adrian Breda
Place of PublicationRheinfelden, Switzerland
PublisherThe International Federation of Social Workers
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783906820293
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2023


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