Goals:

To develop a sustainable model that expands rehabilitation therapy for the elderly.

To incorporate the following five elements into the model: providing community intervention; providing centralized and preventive care; promoting a healthy lifestyle; involving the community in health maintenance and referral of patients to Misgav; and increasing professional supervision of older adults.

The Need:

In light of the dramatic rise in life expectancy and in the number of older people with disabilities, the need for rehabilitative intervention has increased. There is currently a shortage of geriatric rehabilitation facilities in Israel, inequality in services between centrally located cities and those in the geographic periphery, absence of a common standard for therapy, and lack of awareness of the importance of rehabilitating the elderly.

Target Population:

Older adults in functional decline due to an acute or chronic illness, and those in need of activities to preserve motor and cognitive functions.

Activities:

The plan is in the implementation stages. It includes:

  • Developing a professional, operational, and economic model for rehabilitative geriatrics
  • Activating the model with the help of organizations, associations, and businesses, and finding the optimal conditions for implementing it
  • Investing in research to test the model
  • Financing HMOs to enable implementation