An international perspective on long term care: focus on nursing homes

J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2011 Sep;12(7):487-492.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2011.01.017. Epub 2011 Mar 16.


The world is facing an unprecedented growth of older adults, a sizable number of whom will require nursing home services. Although community-based care delivery systems strive to keep most of those in need at home, nursing homes are increasingly accommodating a more frail population that is straining available resources. This article focuses on common themes evident around the world regarding long-term care of the elderly. Issues related to service delivery, financing, and quality are highlighted.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Disease Management
  • Forecasting
  • Frail Elderly
  • Geriatrics / trends
  • Global Health
  • Health Planning / trends*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends*
  • Health Services for the Aged / trends*
  • Homes for the Aged / trends*
  • Humans
  • Institutionalization
  • Long-Term Care / trends
  • Nursing Homes / trends*
  • Population Growth