Goals of home care: Therapeutic, compensatory, either, or both?

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Abstract

This article classifies home care goals into two broad categories: therapeutic goals, in which home care providers strive for measurable improvement on parameters of physical, psychological, or social functioning and compensatory (or empowering) goals, in which home care providers strive to provide services to compensate for functional impairment, thus enabling consumers to pursue their own goals. Therapeutic goals are loosely associated with 'medical models' of care and compensatory goals with 'social models.' From a consumer perspective therapeutic and compensatory goals are important, and artificial distinctions between the two should be eliminated. However, this merger should be effected in such a way that therapeutic approaches can be incorporated into programs with relatively low unit costs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-321
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of aging and health
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1999

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