Newsletter 6
July 2020
A digest of successful transformation stories, news and other resources available on
Older people & COVID-19

COVID-19 is changing older people's daily routines, the care and support they receive, their ability to stay socially connected and how they are perceived. Older people are being challenged by requirements to spend more time at home, lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, temporary cessation of employments and other actividites; and anxiety and fear of illness and death - their own and others. It is therefore important that we create opportinities to foster healthy ageing during the pandemic.

WHO, together with partners, is provinding guidance and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic for older people and their households, health and social care workers and local authorities and community groups.

For updates on activities on COVID-19 and older persons and other work carried out towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) please sing up here.
COVID-19: General recommedations for the care of older persons from human rights perspective
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters in Mexico, concerned that older people may be more likely to present complications during the COVID-19 pandemic, prepared a document providing recommendations for the care of this social group from a human rights perspective. Recommendations in Spanish.
WHO Cares? Attracting and Retaining Care Workers for the Elderly
This report presents the most up-to-date and comprehensive cross-country assessment of long-term care (LTC) workers, the tasks they perform and the policies to address shortages in OECD countries. It highlights the importance of improving working conditions in the sector and making care work more attractive, and shows that there is space to increase productivity by enhancing the use of technology, providing a better use of skills and investing in prevention.
Impact of the CareWell integrated care model for older patients with multimorbity: A quasi-experimental controlled study in the Basque Country

Older patients with multimorbidity have complex health and social care needs, associated with elevated use of health care resources. The CareWell program for older patients with multimorbidity, is based on the coordination between health providers, home-based care and patient empowerment, supported by information and communication technology tools. The implementation of the CareWell integrated care model changed the profile of health resource utilization, strengthening the key role of primary care and reducing the number of emergency visits and hospitalizations.
Digital Solutions: Adoption, Adaptation and their role in post COVID-19 health and social care delivery

As each integrated care building block is reliant on information, digital solutions could be seen as the cement that holds the blocks together. Albeit, the arguments for greater use and investment have become increadingly compelling, the rate of adoption remains below expectations; thay is until COVID-19.
Continuity and coordination of care at the heart of integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS)

“Responding to the pressures of COVID-19 has made us more aware of the need to improve collaboration, continuity and coordination of care”.  

Anne Hendry, Director of IFIC Scotland and Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland, highlights the importance of continuity and coordination of care at all life stages - from early years intervention for children; case management for adults with multiple chronic diseases; comprehensive geriatric assessment for an older person living with frailty; or person-centred palliative and end of life care.


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