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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2000): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

CHALLENGES FOR AN AGEING SOCIETY IN JAPAN

Y. Arai

Registered Homes and Services, vol. 4, 2000, p. 182-184

In December 1997 legislation was passed for a new, compulsory, public Long Term Care insurance scheme to be fully operational from April 2000. This departs from the tradition that families are the prime resource for long-term care. Eligibility criteria will no longer take into account the extent of informal care available to clients, and the ultimate responsibility will lie with the state.

EUROPE'S MODELS OF INDEPENDENCE

P. Fletcher

Working with Older People, vol. 4, Apr. 2000, p. 12-16

Drawing from models from across Europe, article describes how the use of institutional care is being minimised and older people with high care needs are being housed in new and innovative settings. Changes are being driven by attempts to promote normal living, encourage involvement, provide information and increase access.

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