Framework for countries to achieve an integrated continuum of long-term care (WHO, 2021)

Framework for countries to achieve an integrated continuum of long-term care

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s integrated continuum of long-term care concept aims to uphold these principles of optimizing functional ability and achieving healthy ageing for those with significant declines in intrinsic capacity.

The continuum of long-term care emphasizes coordination across health and social sectors through effective governance, seamless transition across settings (home-based, community, facility care, acute care), and coordinated provision and collaboration across various care roles (prevention, rehabilitation, palliative care, acute care), spanning all levels of intensity of care and providing care in a timely manner.

Integrated long-term care entails integration of both health and social services along the whole spectrum from information systems to care delivery, so that long-term care can be provided and received in a non-fragmented way.