TITLE

QUALITY OF LIFE IS...: THE VIEWS OF OLDER RECIPIENTS OF LOW-LEVEL HOME SUPPORT

AUTHOR(S)
Hambleton, Penny; Keeling, Sally; McKenzie, Margaret
PUB. DATE
May 2008
SOURCE
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;May2008, Issue 33, p146
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A qualitative study explored the perceptions of quality of life of older people receiving low-level home support in a selected locale in New Zealand. The results shed light on the role that home support at the "lower" end of health resource allocation plays in elderly recipients' quality of life. They also provide insights into these elders' perceptions of current national policy, which advocates both for "ageing in place" and for targeting support to those with higher-level need. Six themes emerge from how these elders talk about and define what quality of life means to them: good people, day-to-day life, keeping healthy, living with loss, at my age, and the future. An in-depth understanding is thus presented of the views of this group of elders in relation to a question of high priority in current economic, health and social debates in New Zealand.
ACCESSION #
33937857

 

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