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Long-Term Care Needs and Long-Term Care Policy: Comparing Germany and Israel

Family and Health: Evolving Needs, Responsibilities, and Experiences

ISBN: 978-1-78441-126-8, eISBN: 978-1-78441-125-1

ISSN: 1530-3535

Publication date: 20 October 2014

Abstract

Purpose

To describe, analyze, and compare two long-term care (LTC) systems for elders in Germany and Israel.

Methodology

Secondary analyses of data on LTC beneficiaries, structure of service provision and content analyses of policy documents in a comparative perspective based on the Esping-Andersen welfare state typologies.

Findings

Descriptive background of demographic attributes in the two countries; discussion of LTC development laws which in Israel focuses on “aging in place” concept, where in-kind services are geared only to community-dwelling frail elders while in Germany it’s for community and institutionalized elders. Analyses of various service types provided their use, resources invested, and benefits incurred for frail elders and their family caregivers.

Practical and social implications

The advantages and shortcomings of the two systems were analyzed with recommendations for future developments. Such comparisons across nations can inform social policy debates in Germany and Israel as to how to prepare for population aging. The originality of such comparison can shed light on issues for LTC service development in other countries.

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Citation

Reichert, M., Naegele, G., Katz, R., Lowenstein, A. and Halperin, D. (2014), "Long-Term Care Needs and Long-Term Care Policy: Comparing Germany and Israel", Family and Health: Evolving Needs, Responsibilities, and Experiences (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Vol. 8B), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 131-167. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1530-35352014000008B014

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