What value independence? Is it a barrier to HACC services for financially disadvantaged older people?

24 November 2003

By the Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2003

This Brotherhood of St Laurence report addresses the question of how people’s views about independence affect the use of community care services such as home care, personal care and delivered meals.


Interviews with older people on low incomes suggest that some of them associate acceptance of services with dependence, which is something to be feared after a life of ‘making do’.

Removing the barriers which prevent these marginalised people from receiving support is vital for the effective expansion of community care.

Download report (50 pages, PDF file, 246 KB)

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