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Ageing in the Mediterranean$
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Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.001.0001

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Caring for frail older people in Israel

Caring for frail older people in Israel

(p.257) Twelve Caring for frail older people in Israel
Ageing in the Mediterranean

Esther Iecovich

Policy Press

Israel is a rapidly aging society with an elderly population composing about 10% of its total population. Among them, about 16.5% are frail and need help with daily activities and housekeeping. This chapter reviews the current and projected changes in the socio-demographic characteristics of the elderly population and changes in family structures and roles. National policies and programs like homecare services aimed to enable aging in place are described and discussed with special emphasis on the global phenomenon of employing migrant live-in homecare workers. In addition, the interface between formal and informal care is discussed. Studies show that in Israel family caregivers continue to play a key role in caregiving even when there is a paid live-in homecare worker who is available around the clock. Finally, implications for policy are discussed.

Keywords:   Aging in place, Caregiving, Homecare services, Policies, Israel

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