Saturday December 7, 2019

Your Money: The future for long-term care

The Expert View: As the government continues to tighten its belt, how can we safeguard the equality of care for older people, asks Stephen McMahon.

30th March, 2014
Allegations have been made that some nursing homes recoup state-funding shortfalls from residents. Picture: Thinkstock

A recent OECD report, entitled What Future For Health Spending?, highlighted how long-term care differs radically from healthcare.

While healthcare services aim to change the health condition, long-term care (LTC) merely aims to make the current condition more bearable, according to the OECD.

Individuals need LTC due to disability, chronic conditions, trauma, or illness, which limits their ability to carry out basic self-care or personal tasks that must be performed each day.

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