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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2005): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

Ageing and place

G.J. Andrews and D. R. Phillips (editors)

Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2005

In recent decades, population ageing has combined with expanding forms of health care and accommodation so that older people's lives are negotiated in, transformed and represented by an ever-increasing range of settings. In this context, the book examines the many ways places affect people's lives. The collection of reviews ranges from spatial macro-scale perspectives to considering relationships with and within specific settings.

The Israeli long-term care insurance law: selected issues in providing home care services to the frail elderly

H. Schmid

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.13, 2005, p.191-200

The Law was brought into force in 1988 to provide long-term care benefits as of right, based on clearly defined eligibility criteria. Article discusses a number of dilemmas that arose following the implementation of the law and compares the Israeli response to that of other countries with similar laws. These dilemmas are: community vs institutional care; services in kind vs monetary allowances; service provision through contracting out to non-governmental agencies; an unstable and unskilled labour force; and issues around service quality.

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