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Rethinking needs assessment in planning services for older adults

Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 51(1/2), 2008, pp.109-125.
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

A comprehensive needs assessment of older adults carried out in 2004 in Bermuda is described. Informal discussions and a preliminary synthesis of existing data were designed to scope the issue and gauge support for the needs assessment before the exercise was designed. This encompassed home-based interviews with 304 randomly selected adults aged 65 to 97; six focus groups conducted with a total of 53 family carers; and a questionnaire survey of all identifiable service providers. The findings are reported, together with the questions they raised, and it is argued that even when needs assessment is carefully planned, it cannot always provide the desired information. A revision of some key assumptions about what needs assessment can do is offered. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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Assessing the service needs of seniors: Bermuda's service providers

Journal article citation:
International Social Work, 50(4), July 2007, pp.539-547.

With its rapidly growing older population, Bermuda faces a demographic challenge. Bermuda also faces declining fertility rates and full employment, with 80 percent of women in the labour force, which will significantly reduce the number, availability and capacity of family caregivers. This article looks at one component of a needs assessment which was a first step to guide future planning and resource allocation for an improved service system for the aging population of Bermuda.

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