Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce

by Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans, Institute of Medicine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309115876

ISBN-13: 9780309115872

Pub. Date: 08/29/2008

Publisher: National Academies Press

As the first of the nation's 78 million baby boomers begin reaching age 65 in 2011, they will face a health care workforce that is too small and woefully unprepared to meet their specific health needs.

Retooling for an Aging America calls for bold initiatives starting immediately to train all health care providers in the basics of geriatric care and to

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Overview

As the first of the nation's 78 million baby boomers begin reaching age 65 in 2011, they will face a health care workforce that is too small and woefully unprepared to meet their specific health needs.

Retooling for an Aging America calls for bold initiatives starting immediately to train all health care providers in the basics of geriatric care and to prepare family members and other informal caregivers, who currently receive little or no training in how to tend to their aging loved ones. The book also recommends that Medicare, Medicaid, and other health plans pay higher rates to boost recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and care aides.

Educators and health professional groups can use Retooling for an Aging America to institute or increase formal education and training in geriatrics. Consumer groups can use the book to advocate for improving the care for older adults. Health care professional and occupational groups can use it to improve the quality of health care jobs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309115872
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
08/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
1,018,782
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Summary 1

1 Introduction 15

2 Health Status and Health Care Service Utilization 39

3 New Models of Care 75

4 The Professional Health Care Workforce 123

5 The Direct-Care Workforce 199

6 Patients and Informal Caregivers 241

App. A Committee Biographies 271

App. B Commissioned Papers 279

App. C Workshop Presentations 281

Index 285

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