ERIC Number: ED176149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to Identifying and Serving the Total Needs of Older Americans in the Community.
Loschiavo, James F.
Fifteen recommended steps of an approach useful for identifying and serving the total needs of older Americans within their communities are delineated. Three broad types of need criteria discussed are normative need, felt need, and prior receipt of service need. The approach is illustrated by actual data from a 1976 study in Cleveland, Ohio. Continued research is needed to test out the basic assumptions underlying this approach to needs assessment, with respect to cost-efficient services, existing community services, and the extent to which the measures for determining normative need are good proxies for determining true need. Five attachments are included: indicators of normative need for four services, indicators of felt need and prior service need for four services, definition of 28 services identified in the Cleveland study, the format of the data collection instrument sent to 118 agencies in Cleveland, and six tables of data from the Cleveland study. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (31st, Dallas, Texas, November 16-20, 1978)