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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Housing, Health, and Quality of Life

Housing, Health, and Quality of Life

(p.559) 49 Housing, Health, and Quality of Life
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Judith G. Gonyea

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes housing services available for older adults, noting that shelter is a basic need and describing the programs designed to meet that need. It identifies the role of income disparities in determining the housing options available to seniors and uses the concept of “environmental press” to argue that “goodness of fit” is an appropriate yardstick for determining the quality of a housing setting for adults with disabilities. The chapter places the profession of social work squarely in the middle of housing decisions, arguing that our assessment skills and commitment to serving vulnerable populations leave us well positioned to improve the way the nation's seniors are housed.

Keywords:   housing services, aging, elderly, social work practice, housing programs

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