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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 342; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020342

Shared Housing Arrangements in Germany—An Equitable Alternative to Long Term Care Services beyond Homes and Institutions?

Global Dynamics of Social Policy, CRC 1342, Project A04 & The Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, Department of Health, Long Term Care, and Pensions at the University of Bremen, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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Received: 12 December 2017 / Revised: 14 January 2018 / Accepted: 19 January 2018 / Published: 14 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Key Issues in Current Health Research: Ageing–Health–Equity)
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Given the saliency of socio-demographic pressures, the highly restrictive definition of “need for care” characterizing the German long-term care system at its foundations in 1994 has since been subject to various expansionary reforms. This has translated into greater interest in innovative care models that provide more choice and flexibility to beneficiaries. One such model is ‘shared housing arrangements’ (“ambulant betreute Wohngemeinschaften”), where a small group of people rent private rooms, while sharing a common space, domestic support, and nursing care. Using interview and secondary data, this study examines the potential for such arrangements to provide an equitable alternative to care that is accessible to a larger population of beneficiaries than presently seen in Germany. View Full-Text
Keywords: long term care; shared housing arrangements; Germany; equity long term care; shared housing arrangements; Germany; equity
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Frisina Doetter, L.; Schmid, A. Shared Housing Arrangements in Germany—An Equitable Alternative to Long Term Care Services beyond Homes and Institutions? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 342.

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