17 January 2012
This report has been produced by ILC-UK, drawing on the ideas, issues and challenges of integrating care raised at the Conference on Integrated Care for Frail Older People. This conference was held on 29th September 2011 organised by ILC-Netherlands in cooperation with the Leyden Academy, the Dutch Medical Research Council, Vilans (a Centre of Expertise for Long-term Care) and the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance.
This report examines the potential benefit of integrating health and social care services for frail older people in a global context. It highlights that while financial, cultural and logistical barriers exist, countries should continue to work towards integrating health and social care services given its possibilities for cost efficiency, freeing up acute healthcare facilities and benefits for service users.
This report covers:
• the need for integrated care;
• the current global context of care for frail older people;
• the benefits and challenges of integrating health and social care services for this group;
• priorities for action in advancing the issue of integrated care worldwide.
A summary of the report can be viewed below and or is available for download here. The full report is available to download at the bottom of this page.
ILC Global Alliance papers on integrating health and social care services are available here.
More information on the ILC Global Alliance 2011 meeting and the Conference on Integrated Care for Frail Older People can be found here: http://www.ilc-alliance.org/index.php/news/news_post/2011_meeting_of_the_global_alliance