ERIC Number: ED163376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Care of the Aged: Old Problems in Need of New Solutions.
Kane, Robert; Kane, Rosalie
The tendency in the United States to view the nursing home as an all-purpose solution to the health problems of the elderly has created a set of self-made problems: increased dependency, depression and social isolation among the aged. In the United States, unlike in many European nations, institutional care of the elderly is conceived of and financed as a health service rather than a social service, even though institutional placement provides a complete social context for an individual and obviously constitutes a rather dramatic social intervention. It is also clear that the American method of financing creates disincentives to rehabilitation. Alternatives to nursing home care should be considered, as well as a formula for reimbursing nursing homes to make them more supportive of positive efforts to provide effective care. (Author)
Descriptors: Age, Financial Support, Health Services, Institutional Research, Nursing Homes, Older Adults, Residential Care, Social Services, State of the Art Reviews
The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.