How can the settings used to provide care to older people be balanced? WHO/Europe 2008
Consensus is emerging that integrated community-based care needs to move away from an overly acute (hospital) or institutional (nursing home) focus to one that embraces managing and coordinating both the long-term care needs and chronic illnesses of older people. This policy brief focuses on four main policy options to facilitate this rebalancing of care provision. It highlights the local considerations and adaptations that may be required to customize each of the policy options to local circumstances.