Long-term care, including home-based and residential models in the UK, the US and many other places, is unattractive, inaccessible and/or unaffordable. Why? Systems for regulation and payment have been cobbled together over decades with very little concern over what the consumer wants, efficiency, operational outcomes or quality.
As developed economies reel from disproportionate COVID-19 related death among the elderly and in congregate care settings, isn’t it time to rip up the old models, which weren’t working anyhow, and start afresh with creative ideas and 21st-century innovation?
From an ethical point of view, the vulnerable elderly and disabled in our midst deserve better. The post-World War II Baby-Boom cohort is entering their 70s and will soon overwhelm the existing age care & support systems.
From an economics point of view, we need to do something to bend the cost curve. Don’t we all deserve long-term care that’s better than what we have now?
This program will take a brief look at how we got here and chart a new course for service delivery models in the long-term care sector. Starting over in long-term care will include preferences of consumers who are now in their 70s and younger, technologies including “ambient assisted living” as well as innovative oversight methods which minimize gaming and human error.
Whether you are a decision-maker for a nursing home, assisted living or other senior care organization, listen to this Timely Issues podcast to hear about the possible paths to recovery for the congregate long-term care sector.