This study was undertaken to see what can be learned from the experience of the Netherlands about long term care in order to inform policy, research and practice in the UK.
The comprehensive analysis of the two countries has also been used to help the Technology Strategy Board’s project – the Long Term Care Revolution – with examples of innovation and best practice in adult social care provision in a country similar to the UK in many ways.
Of particular interest is that while the two countries are very similar in demographic profile and the experiences of the older generation, it is notable that according to official statistics older individuals remain disability-free for nearly half a decade longer in the Netherlands than in the UK.
Written by Anthea Tinker, Jay Ginn and Eloi Ribe at the Institute of Gerontology, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London for the Technology Strategy Board
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