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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2001): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

ACCESSORY APARTMENTS: ARE THEY A REALISTIC ALTERNATIVE FOR AGEING IN PLACE?

N. J. Chapman and D. A. Howe

Housing Studies, vol. 16, 2001, p. 637-650

The accessory apartment in North America (defined as the addition of a small, separate living unit within a detached single family house) has been advocated as a housing alternative allowing older people to "age in place". It can be used by adult children to house an elderly parent or by older owners to accommodate a carer.

CHANGING HOUSING FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE AND CO-ORDINATION ISSUES IN EUROPE

P. P. J. Hoaben

Housing Studies, vol. 16, 2001, p. 651-673

Paper is an international comparative study describing how countries of the European Union are dealing with the co-ordination of housing, care and social services to enable older people to stay in their own homes.

RESTRUCTURING CARE FOR THE ELDERLY IN GERMANY

E. L. Wegner

Current Sociology, vol. 49, no. 3, May 2001, Monograph 1, p. 175-188

In 1995 Germany began implementing new provisions in its national insurance law to provide for long-term care assistance. Benefits under the new insurance include community-based care, payment to family care givers and payment to nursing homes. The community-based benefits cover a wide range of services, including personal care, household help and technical aids.

SENIORS' EXPERIENCES OF CLIENT-CENTRED RESIDENTIAL CARE

J. Eales, N. Keating and A. Damsma

Ageing and Society, vol. 21, 2001, p. 279-296

The philosophy of long-term care for frail older people has shifted from a provider-driven, medical model to a more client-centred, social model. While this philosophy emphasises the decision-making abilities of clients and respect for their values and preferences, evidence suggests there are difficulties in implementing it. Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with residents of adult family living and assisted living programmes in Western Canada to better understand the elements the residents themselves thought were integral to client-centred care.

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