Demand-based provision of housing, welfare and care services to elderly clients

From policy to daily practice through operations management

S.A. de Blok, B.R. Meijboom, K.G. Luijkx, J.M.G.A. Schols

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Practical implementation of notions such as patient-orientation, client-centredness, and demand-driven care is far from straightforward in care and service supply to elderly clients living independently. This paper aims to provide preliminary insights into how it is possible to bridge the gap between policy intent, which reflects an increasing client orientation, and actual practice of care and service provision. Differences in personal objectives and characteristics generate different sets of needs among elderly clients that must have an appropriate response in the daily routines of care and service providers. From a study of the available literature and by conceptual reasoning, we identify several important operational implications of client-oriented care and service provision. To deal with these implications the authors turn to the field of operations management. This field has deepened the understanding of translating an organisation’s policy into daily activities and working methods. More specifically, we elaborate on the concept of modularity, which stems from the field of operations management. With respect to elderly people who live independently, this concept, among others, seems to be particularly useful in providing options and variation in individual care and service packages. Based on our line of reasoning, we propose that modularity provides possibilities to enhance the provision of demand-based care and services. Furthermore, our findings offer direction on how organisations in housing, welfare and care can be guided in translating demand-based care to their operational processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-84
JournalHealth Care Analysis
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Demand-based provision of housing, welfare and care services to elderly clients : From policy to daily practice through operations management. / de Blok, S.A.; Meijboom, B.R.; Luijkx, K.G.; Schols, J.M.G.A.

In: Health Care Analysis, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2009, p. 68-84.

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