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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2003): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

THE FEASIBILITY OF PROMOTING USER-PARTICIPATION TO ELDERLY SERVICE WORKERS

F. W-L. Lee and P. Y-Y. Siok

International Social Work, Vol. 46, 2003, p.333-368

The report is a result of a study in Hong Kong, which explored:

  • how social workers serving the elderly understand the concept of user participation (UP);
  • their practice of UP in service delivery
  • their beliefs about the effects of UP

Results showed that a positive understanding of UP in services to the elderly among practitioners has a positive effect on their practice of UP. Based on these findings, the article concludes with a discussion of methods for promoting UP to social workers delivering services to older people.

SOCIAL SERVICES FOR THE AGED IN CUBA

E.M. Bertera

International Social Work, Vol. 46, 2003, p.313-321

Health care for the aged is considered a constitutional duty of the government in Cuba and as such is accessible and free of charge. The health care system has as its fundamental element the family physician based in a local health centre and providing comprehensive care in the community. Additionally Cuba has developed since 1988 a range of innovative health improvement programmes and other social institutions such as adult day care and grandparent clubs targeted at older people.

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