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Determining eligibility for long-term care - lessons from Germany

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Andreas Buescher ,

University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck, DE
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Prof. Dr., Institute of Nursing Science at the University of Bielefeld, PO Box 100131, D- 33501 Bielefeld, Germany; University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences, PO Box 1940, D-49009 Osnabrück, Germany

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Klaus Wingenfeld,

Institute of Nursing Science at the University of Bielefeld (IPW), DE
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Dr. PH, Institute of Nursing Science at the University of Bielefeld, PO Box 100131, D- 33501 Bielefeld, Germany

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Doris Schaeffer

Institute of Nursing Science at the University of Bielefeld, DE
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Prof. Dr., Institute of Nursing Science at the University of Bielefeld, PO Box 100131, D- 33501 Bielefeld, Germany

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Abstract

Objectives: This paper addresses recent steps for reforming the eligibility criteria of the German long-term care insurance that have been initiated to overcome shortcomings in the current system.

Methods: Based on findings of a survey of international long-term care systems, assessment tools and the relevant literature on care needs a new tool for determining eligibility in the German long-term care insurance was developed.

Results: The new tool for determining long-term care eligibility broadens the understanding of what ‚dependency on nursing care' implies for the person affected. The assessment results in a degree of dependency from personal help provided by formal or informal caregivers. This degree of dependency can be used for determining eligibility for and the amount of long-term care benefits.

Discussion: The broader understanding of "dependency on nursing care' and the new tool are important steps to adapt the German long-term care insurance to the challenges of the demographic and societal changes in the future

How to Cite: Buescher A, Wingenfeld K, Schaeffer D. Determining eligibility for long-term care - lessons from Germany. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2011;11(2):None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.584
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Published on 08 Jun 2011.
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