The (mis) matching of resources and assessed need in remote A boriginal community aged care
|Published:||7 December 2014|
Abstract – Background
To examine processes of aged‐care needs assessment for Aboriginal people in remote central Australia to assist development of appropriate models of aged care.
A qualitative study involving 11 semistructured interviews with aged‐care assessors and two focus groups with Aboriginal community members.
This paper reports four major themes concerning how needs assessments relate to realities of service delivery: cultural perspectives on aged care, context of service delivery, equity and access to services, and program (mis)alignments.
Disparities exist between assessment recommendations and service availability, with a potential mismatch between Aboriginal understandings of needs, interpretations by individual assessment staff and program guidelines. Incorporating a conceptual framework, such as the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, into service guidelines to ensure structured consideration of a person’s holistic needs may assist, as will building the capacity of communities to provide the level and type of services required.