The ageing family in crisis: assessment and decision-making models


Dr Ann C Beckingham, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences 1200 Main Street West Room 3N28 Hamilton, Ontario L8N 325, Canada


The purpose of this paper is to present a multidisciplmary model for use with elderly families in crisis and decision making The application of systems in family assessement theory is outlined in order to understand the complexities of family assessment and decision making A schematic family assessment and decision-making model is discussed These models identify what the problem is, the family structure and supports, and possible interventions and evaluation Ineffective processing strategies such as regression and premature closure are reviewed, and strategies for effective decision making are outlined