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Consumer Direction in Long-Term Care Policy: Overcoming Barriers to Promoting Older Adults' Opportunity for Self-Direction

Consumer Direction in Long-Term Care Policy: Overcoming Barriers to Promoting Older Adults'... There has been a growing trend in long-term care policy to offer individuals with disabilities the option of consumer direction (CD), where responsibility of managing care and support services is transferred from agencies to care recipients, thus supporting clients' self-determination. Although CD has been accepted as an option for non-elderly individuals with disabilities, barriers persist to promoting older adults' autonomy through CD. This article reviews the incorporation of CD in long-term care policy, addresses the current barriers to providing older adults the right to self-direct, and makes recommendations for overcoming these barriers through social work practice, policy, and research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Gerontological Social Work Taylor & Francis

Consumer Direction in Long-Term Care Policy: Overcoming Barriers to Promoting Older Adults' Opportunity for Self-Direction

Journal Of Gerontological Social Work , Volume 55 (2): 14 – Feb 1, 2012
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1540-4048
eISSN
0163-4372
DOI
10.1080/01634372.2011.638701
pmid
22324331
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Abstract

There has been a growing trend in long-term care policy to offer individuals with disabilities the option of consumer direction (CD), where responsibility of managing care and support services is transferred from agencies to care recipients, thus supporting clients' self-determination. Although CD has been accepted as an option for non-elderly individuals with disabilities, barriers persist to promoting older adults' autonomy through CD. This article reviews the incorporation of CD in long-term care policy, addresses the current barriers to providing older adults the right to self-direct, and makes recommendations for overcoming these barriers through social work practice, policy, and research.

Journal

Journal Of Gerontological Social WorkTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 1, 2012

Keywords: long-term care; social policy; disabilities; Social Services

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