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The Gatekeeper Model

Journal of Aging & Social Policy

Author: Florio, E. R., Raschko, R.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1998

Abstract:

One of the most important needs of an aging population is to insure that older adults are able to live as independently and safely as possible. The question for social policymakers is how to meet this goal in an era of shrinking resources and growing numbers of older adults. The Gatekeeper Model is highlighted as a method to insure that older adults at risk of problems that impact their ability to live independently can be helped by existing systems of care. The model trains employees of community businesses and corporations who work with the public to serve as community gatekeepers by identifying and referring community-dwelling older adults who may be in need of help. A research project was conducted at Spokane Mental Health, Elder Services Division, where the model was developed. The results indicate that community-based gatekeepers found 40% of clients. Gatekeepers find a distinct population of community-dwelling older adults who are not found by more traditional referral sources. The social policy implications of the Gatekeeper Model are discussed.


Further Details

Full Title: Journal of Aging & Social Policy
Pages: 37-55
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Accession Number: 1.4.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 19/08/2013
Keywords: oldersafety improvementpolicy compliance
Reads: 252
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