While some barriers may be more likely for some groups, each person’s experience will be different. There are a number of barriers that are common across diverse groups within the community. For example, having limited access to resources (e.g. housing, finances and support) creates a range of challenges and potential barriers to access for many people. At an organisational and systemic level, it’s therefore impact to consider how to ensure equitable access to services for people with limited finances. Within the Australian aged care system, there is a clear expectation that older people must not be denied a service because they cannot pay for it (My Aged Care).
Other common barriers include:
- Communication challenges
- Social isolation
- Experiences of trauma, grief and loss
- Social exclusion.