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Welfare reform on the Web (February 2007): Care of the elderly - overseas

Improving care transitions of older people: challenges for today and tomorrow

J. Cheek and others

Quality in Ageing, vol.7, Dec. 2006, p.18-26

Older people have a variety of options and opportunities regarding where they live and the supports they can draw on to optimise well-being. They may experience movement both forwards and backwards along a continuum of care as their needs change. This Australian study was designed to explore factors and issues surrounding care transitions from the perspectives of older people, their families and service providers. The study aimed to provide a detailed account of care transitions for older people who seek assessment for and/or take up services; the way in which the search and selection process for such services is undertaken, and the effect of this process on older people and their families.

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