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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.

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Executive summary

With the ageing populations and growing costs, ensuring and improving the quality of long-term care (LTC) services has become an important policy priority across OECD countries. The share of those aged 80 years and over is expected to increase from 4% in 2010 to nearly 10% in 2050, while in 2010 OECD countries allocated 1.6% of GDP to public spending on LTC, on average. The goal of good quality care is to maintain or, when feasible, to improve the functional and health outcomes of frail elderly, the chronically ill and the physically disabled, whether they receive care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, community-based or home care settings. This report focuses on three aspects generally accepted as critical to quality care: effectiveness and care safety, patient-centredness and responsiveness and care co-ordination.

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