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Client self-assessment in community aged care: A comparative study involving older Australians and their case managers

Ottmann, Goetz, Mohebbi, Mohammadreza and Millicer, Anna 2014, Client self-assessment in community aged care: A comparative study involving older Australians and their case managers, SAGE Open, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1177/2158244014522073.

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Title Client self-assessment in community aged care: A comparative study involving older Australians and their case managers
Author(s) Ottmann, Goetz
Mohebbi, Mohammadreza
Millicer, Anna
Journal name SAGE Open
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 2158-2440
Keyword(s) domiciliary aged care
self-assessment
aging and the life course
sociology of health and illness
sociology
social sciences
social work
needs assessment
community aged care
Summary Self-assessment of support needs is a relatively new and under-researched phenomenon in domiciliary aged care. This article outlines the results of a comparative study focusing on whether a self-assessment approach assists clients to identify support needs and the degree to which self-assessed needs differ from an assessment conducted by community care professionals. A total of 48 older people and their case managers completed a needs assessment tool. Twenty-two semi-structured interviews were used to ascertain older people’s views and preferences regarding the self-assessment process. The study suggests that while a co-assessment approach as outlined in this article has the potential to assist older people to gain a better understanding of their care needs as well as the assessment process and its ramifications, client self-assessment should be seen as part of a co-assessment process involving care professionals. Such a co-assessment process allows older people to gain a better understanding of their support needs and the wider community aged care context. The article suggests that a co-assessment process involving both clients and care professionals contains features that have the capacity to enhance domiciliary aged care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2158244014522073
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Open
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062461

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