Mitigating inequalities in community care needs of older adults with dementia : a qualitative case study of an integrated model of community care operated under the proportionate universalism principle

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Original languageEnglish
Article number244
Journal / PublicationBMC Primary Care
Volume23
Issue number1
Online published21 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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Abstract

Background: Population ageing and community care on older adults, as well as the marked social inequalities in health, have received growing concern by the government and the community. This study evaluated the medico-social integrated day care model of the Cadenza Hub for older adults with dementia. We also examined whether services subsidized by the publicly funded graded financial support of the Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly (CCSV) could mitigate social inequalities in community care needs, from the perspective of the caregivers.

Methods: In this qualitative case study, we adopted purposeful sampling strategy to recruit 14 caregivers of active day care service users with dementia, with different socioeconomic background and duration of service use, for face-to-face semi-structured in-depth interviews between June and August 2021. The transcribed data were closely read to capture key themes using thematic analyses.

Results: Caregivers faced tremendous caregiving burden in the absence of community care support and struggled in choosing care services. Most informants benefited from the day care service, whereas the financial support of CCSV was crucial to ensure equitable access to community care. Non-governmental organizations and social workers were the key to bridging the information gap.

Conclusion: The integrated day care of the Cadenza Hub appeared to have addressed the unmet needs of older adults with dementia and their caregivers, including the socioeconomically disadvantaged with the CCSV support. The community care service delivery model might be applicable to address other health inequalities problems.

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  • older adult, community care, Hong Kong, qualitative, Integrated care, Voucher, Equity, Public-private partnership, Dementia, Caregiver

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Mitigating inequalities in community care needs of older adults with dementia: a qualitative case study of an integrated model of community care operated under the proportionate universalism principle. / Chan, Siu-Ming; Chung, Gary Ka-Ki; Kwan, Michelle Ho‑Wing et al.
In: BMC Primary Care, Vol. 23, No. 1, 244, 2022.

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