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Improving home care quality: an individual-centered approach

Patmore, C. (2001) Improving home care quality: an individual-centered approach. Quality in Ageing. pp. 15-24. ISSN 1471-7794

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Evidence is presented for important individual differences between older people concerning what they value as high quality service from Home Care. A case is made for improving service quality through systematically consulting each service user about their own preferences and seeking to fulfil these requests on an individual basis. This contrasts with setting uniform quality standards for all older Home Care clients, based on most commonly expressed preferences. Evidence is cited from individual interviews with older Home Care service users and from an experiment in modifying older people’s services through briefing Home Care staff on the preferences of individual clients. Issues in developing this approach are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This is an author produced version of a paper published in Quality in Ageing. This paper has been peer-reviewed but does not include the final publisher proof-corrections or journal pagination.
Keywords: home care,quality,older people,social services,individuals,preferences
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy Research Unit (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 00:11
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/740

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