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Empowering Frail Elderly People: Opportunities and Impediments in Housing, Health, and Support Service Delivery

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This book provides a unique analysis of provider-, environment-, client-, and societal-based obstacles to the empowerment of frail elderly persons in a philosophical framework of social values, as well as an applied framework wherein a variety of international case studies by a distinguished board of contributors provide concrete examples of the feasibility of achieving real empowerment. Empowerment means different things to different people in the context of housing, health, and social service delivery. This ...

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Overview

This book provides a unique analysis of provider-, environment-, client-, and societal-based obstacles to the empowerment of frail elderly persons in a philosophical framework of social values, as well as an applied framework wherein a variety of international case studies by a distinguished board of contributors provide concrete examples of the feasibility of achieving real empowerment. Empowerment means different things to different people in the context of housing, health, and social service delivery. This book analyzes the various definitions of the concept and practice of the empowerment of frail older persons and then discusses the definitions in a philosophical framework of social values regarding aging and the older person.

Each chapter demonstrates the feasibility of achieving increased empowerment of older persons, even those with severe physical or mental disability. True empowerment of older persons in every country requires time, energy, money, and commitment to the goal. This book will be of interest to academic as well as professional audiences in areas of Gerontology, Psychology, Sociology, and Family Studies. Caregivers and policymakers will also find this analysis useful.

This is a uniue analysis of the obstacles to and possible solutions for the empowerment of frail elderly persons.

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Contributors examine impediments to empowerment of the elderly, accompanied by the best approaches to overcoming them. Written by psychologists, gerontologists, social workers, nurses, and professors of health policy, aging studies, and economics from North America, Europe, and Australia, the volume's 15 essays address problems and solutions in service provision, environment, client-related issues, and society-related issues. The concluding section offers a cross- national comparison of care delivery systems in Britain and Germany and an exploration of the idea of empowerment for frail elderly people and an accompanying vision of a self-actualized society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275966515
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

LEONARD F. HEUMANN is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, the Building Research Council Housing Research Development, and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana--Champaign.

MARY E. McCALL is Professor of Psychology at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

DUNCAN P. BOLDY is Professor and Head of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Empowerment: Definitions, Applications, Problems, and Prospects 3
2 Opportunities and Impediments in Housing, Health, and Support Service Delivery 25
3 Promoting Empowerment in Residential Aged Care: Seeking the Consumer View 41
4 Reimagining Senior Empowerment in Service Delivery: Creative Applications in a Global Context 53
5 Retaining and Expanding Empowerment in the Transition from a Family to a Community-Oriented Support System: Japan in the 21st Century 65
6 Empowerment in Post-Reform Community Care in England and Wales 81
7 Another Way of Living in One's Own Home: The Salmon Group Projects 101
8 The Role of the Built Environment in Holistic Delivery of Home- and Community-Based Care Services to Frail Elderly Persons 119
9 When Community Planning Becomes Community Building: Place-Based Activism and the Creation of Good Places to Grow Old 137
10 The Rights of Elderly People in a Nursing Home - A Little Creativity, a Lot of Respect, a Taste for Adventure, and an Allergy to Bureucracy 155
11 Bringing Managed Health Care Home: A New Service Strategy for People with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities 175
12 Elderly Persons with Severe Mental Illness: Empowering a Neglected and Growing Population 191
13 Older People with Longstanding Disabilities and Their Caregivers: Empowering a Neglected and Growing Population 205
14 Empowerment in Pathways Through Care: A Cross-National Comparison of Care Delivery Systems in Britain and Germany 223
15 Empowerment of Frail Elderly People and the Vision of a Self-Actualized Society 239
References 255
Index 273
About the Editors and Contributors 279
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