A Good Life in Old Age?

Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-term Care

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As ageing societies are pushing a growing number of frail old people into needing care, delivering quality long-term care services – care that is safe, effective, and responsive to needs – has become a priority for governments. Yet much still remains to be done to enhance evidence-based measurement and improvement of quality of long-term care services across EU and OECD countries. This book offers evidence and examples of useful experiences to help policy makers, providers and experts measure and improve the quality of long-term care services.


Assessment and recommendations

There are good reasons why quality assurance for long-term care is on the policy agenda in many OECD countries. First, users of care services demand more voice and control over their lives. Expectations towards the quality of care of “baby boomers” are higher than those of their parents. Most recipients expect to live in a single room to maintain their privacy or expect care services to reflect their own individual needs and preferences. Quality LTC services can help frail and dependent persons being more autonomous and continue to take part in society, despite their conditions. Maintaining independence, autonomy and privacy have been shown to prevent depression and loss of interest in life.


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