As life expectancy pushes into the late 70s for men and well into the 80s for women, ever more people want help in order to be able to live their lives to the full for as long as possible.
How will demographic and labour market trends affect the supply of family and friends available to care for us? Can we rely on family carers as the sole source of support for frail seniors? Should family carers and friends be better supported, and if so how? Can we attract and retain care workers -- is it just a matter of paying them better?
Will public finances be threatened by the cost of providing care in the future? What should be the balance between private responsibility and public support in care-giving? Can we reduce costs by improving efficiency of long-term care services?
Often, policymakers have treated long-term care reform as being too tough a nut to crack, but there are many examples of good practice worthy of emulation. Help Wanted? Providing and Financing Long-Term Care (May 2011) addresses these questions in a publication that is the outcome of work undertaken at the OECD during 2009 and 2010 and includes a series of country fact-sheets.
Long term care news: 17 May 2011