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Empowering Frail Elderly People: Opportunities and


Impediments in Housing, Health, and Support Service
Delivery
By Leonard F. Heumann; Mary E. McCall et al.

the service provider, this chapter is not about ultimate empowerment in the
idealistic sense of full control of the planning and management of care; rather, it
relates more to interpretations of empowerment that focus on better informed
clients, care managers and providers, and clients being better able to voice their
perspectives and desires (and providers who are better able to listen) (see Chapter
1). The approach can also be regarded as facilitating the balance and
interdependence aspect of empowerment through its potential for promoting
greater mutual understanding and cooperation.
Nevertheless, the fact that we were funded by the key Federal body in Australia
with responsibility for aged care policy and provision to develop the manual and
approach described in this chapter indicates that issues related to the
empowerment of elderly people in residential care are viewed, by at least some
policy makers, as having a degree of importance.
While we do not claim that the approach we have described provides a definitive
solution to all of the methodological challenges involved in assessing the views of
residents of aged care homes, or that it counteracts all possible impediments, we
believe that it does represent an excellent and valid attempt to obtain the views of
older people in residential care facilities and that it provides a valuable model
that other countries might consider replicating.
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Publication information: Book title: Empowering Frail Elderly People:Opportunities and Impediments in Housing, Health, and
Support Service Delivery. Contributors: Leonard F. Heumann - Author, Mary E. McCall - Author, Duncan P. Boldy - Author. Publisher:
Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 52

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