Long Term Care in Japan and Sweden: A Comparison of Target Population, Needs and Services Provided from 2000-2010Marten Lagergren1*, Noriko Kurube2 and Yasuhiko Saito3
- *Corresponding Author:
- Marten Lagergren
Stockholm Gerontology Research Center
Gävlegatan 16, 112 60 Stockholm
Tel: +46-8-690 58 12
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 19, 2016; Accepted date: August 02, 2016; Published date: August 04, 2016
Citation: Lagergren M, Kurube N, Saito Y (2016) Long Term Care in Japan and Sweden: A Comparison of Target Population, Needs and Services Provided from 2000-2010. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 5: 331. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000331
Copyright: © 2016 Lagergren M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This study aims to show how provision of long term care services has been affected by changes in population, needs of long term care by age-group and gender and provided services by level of need in Japan and Sweden 2000-2010. Data in the Japanese case were taken from the NUJLSOA-study and from registrations in the Japanese Long Term Care Insurance- system from nine municipalities. Swedish data were taken from the nationally representative surveys of living conditions (SSLC) and from surveys relating provision to needs in eight municipalities. In both countries there has been a positive health development among the old citizens. The proportion receiving home-related long term care services in Japan increased by more than 50% during the first fiveyear period. In Sweden there was a much slower increase of long term care provisions. The 2005 Japanese long term care reform seems to have dampened provision increase, but it was still much more rapid in the period 2005-2010 than in Sweden.