The role of the
gatekeeper in the community
One that is in charge of passage through a gate.
2. One who
monitors or oversees the
3. A primary-care
provider, often in
setting of a managed-care organization, who coordinates patient care
provides referrals to specialists, hospitals, laboratories, and other
In all communities there is some form of leadership, hierarchical
... Provides the
structure of the
... Provides direction for the community
... Is designed to protect the members
... Is accountable to the community
person who attends a
affair without an invitation or attends a performance, etc. without
Any person or group that tries to gain admittance without an
approval or sanction risks being removed. Communities are no different
respect. Any person that tries to force their presence in a community
The definition also states that there is a price to pay:
... Some form of
value needs to be offered in exchange for admission.
... Often people bring skills and resources that are valued within
... There is a value in the person becoming a part of the community
... There is some form of negotiation between the gate-crasher and
... There may be some form of rite of passage or pass that entitles
to free admission
Where a person does not have any skills or resources to bring to the
... An organisation or
acts as a negotiator or a link in introducing the gate-crasher to the
... SRV is an important strategy in creating a valued role for the
... The community may accept the person through familiarity,
understanding and accepting the person.
... The community may accept the person by providing a valued role for
its members in supporting the person.
A group of cyclists, for example may be riding along a road in a park.
Along comes a person on a motorcycle and wants to join the group. The
group may allow the person entry if known to others or there is some
value in the motorcyclist being a part of the group, or may call
(mobile phone) the police or security to have the person removed.
Communities are no different. If a person is known to others, has
something of value for the members, or is able to negotiate entry, the
person will be accepted into the community and become a part of the
community. If the person is not accepted, he/she will be ignored, asked
leave or forcefully removed.
When providing the most
care for people with high support
1) The community is not
person is living, but where the
person participates, shares experiences and has valued relationships
2) People with high support needs (severe disability, aged etc.)
will always need support structures as a part of their lives.
3) The amount of participation in a community (living, education,
employment or recreation) is directly related to the skills and
resources of the person, and, the skills and resources of the
community that the person wishes to participate in.
4) Institutions are going to be around in one form or another
whether we like it or not, It is the way that they are used that is the
5) The institutions of a society towards a particular group
determine the way the group participates in society.
6) The institutions of a particular government department,
profession or service define the way the person is supported within
7) Facilities that support people with high support needs do not
need to be the nursing homes or prisons in the
that they are today, but can become warm inviting community places that
offer a range of services to the community, as well as be a part of the
wider community within that society.
8) People with high support needs are a minority group in our
society, and will have the same problems as other minority groups in
being a part of society.