Intent vs. Reality in long-term care policy: A case study

Ram A. Cnaan, Felice Davidson Perlmutter

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Care for the frail elderly in the community was the focus of a national debate in Israel between 1980 and 1986. This paper presents a case study of this social policy process as follows: first, it identifies the elements of a uniquely progressive social policy in the field of long-temn care; second, it describes a political process that vitiated what could have served as model legislation for the field; and third, it traces the link between the policy and implementation, with attention paid to the consequences for the frail elderly. The original intent of this policy, as well as its transformation, should serve to assist policymakers in various countries in their consideration of long-term care policy and programs for the frail elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-123
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 29 Sep 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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