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Western Sydney University: Engaging Older Men In Home and Community Care

This project uncovered some of the reasons why fewer older men made use of Home and Community Care (HACC) services relative to women.

Older Men in HACC Setting

Older Men in HACC Setting


One factor recognised by service providers is that some men may be managing quite well by their own estimation....
This study is about older men who are physically frail or have a disability, and their access to home and community care (HACC) services in NSW. The aims of the study were to find out:

  • The social and support needs of older men with physical limitations
  • Attitudes to services and barriers to access: why older men with physical limitations are not accessing
home support services, day programs and social activities to the extent expected
  • Effective models of care: ways of successfully engaging with older men to increase their utilisation of
services and involvement in day programs and activities.
Service providers across NSW have expressed concern about the relatively low numbers of older men using HACC services. Part of the response to the issue has been to seek to better understand the problem. As such, the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) commissioned this study with HACC Program funding.

Key Barriers To Older Men's Engagement With HACC Services

The major barriers to use of these services include:
  • He felt that he can or should be able to manage himself
  • He felt embarrassed to ask for help
  • He was unaware of services available
  • He preferred that partner assists him
  • He was unaware of eligibility

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