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ERIC Number: ED158219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Interorganizational and Political Obstacles to Providing Low Cost Supportive Services to the Elderly Poor.
Gerber, Dan I.; And Others
An experimental program is described involving the development of supportive service teams composed of nonprofessionals, volunteers and large numbers of elderly consumers in all of the federally funded nutrition sites in an urban region. The team model is advanced as a particular approach to meeting the federal mandate to provide a range of designated supportive services in addition to the basic nutrition program. The primary purpose of the team is to provide such services as outreach, information and referral, escort services, and needs assessment to the elderly poor at a low per capita cost. Moreover, the teams offer an opportunity for elderly consumers to act as service providers to other elderly residents in their own neighborhoods. These teams must effectively interrelate not only with the various groups and individuals which have supervisory or advisory responsibilities in relation to them, but also with all other organizations which either receive referrals from the teams or provide informational or staff resources to them. These various organizational relationships, problems encountered between and among teams, and implications for the supportive services program are described in detail. Special attention is given to the roles that local government, the Federal Nutrition Projects, and the Area Agencies on Aging must assume in order to give the team program the political and organizational support it needs to survive. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Supportive Services
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977)