Innovating Long-Term Care Provision in Mediterranean Welfare States: A Comparison Between Italy and Israel

Georgia Casanova, Aviad Tur-Sinai, Giovanni Lamura

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Social innovations in long-term care (LTC) may be useful in more effective responses to the challenges of population aging for Western societies. One of the most investigated aspects in this regard is the role of family/informal care and strategies to improve its integration into the formal care system, yielding a more holistic care approach that may enhance opportunities for aging in place. This article reports the findings of a comparative research focusing on the Italian and Israeli LTC systems as representative of the Mediterranean “family-based” care model. To analyze the innovative solutions that have been adopted or are needed to improve LTC provision in these two contexts, focus groups and expert interviews have been carried out in both countries to identify the most relevant challenges and responses to them and to highlight promising policies and strategies to be adopted or up-scaled in the future. These include multidisciplinary case and care management, a stronger connection between prevention and LTC provision, and more systematic recognition of the role and limits of informal caregivers’ contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-82
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • informal care
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Long-term care
  • social innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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