IOM Calls for Fundamental Reform in the Way that Care is Delivered to Older Adults

Study to characterize the optimal health care workforce for an aging society

In April 2008 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, which calls for fundamental reform in the way that care is delivered to older adults and puts forth a plan to help ensure that the health care workforce is sufficient in both size and skill to handle the needs of a new generation of older Americans.

The report was the product of a 15-month effort by the institute’s Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans.

It included recommendations in the following areas:

  • Focusing Attention on the Issue
  • Enhancing Geriatric Workforce Competence
  • Increasing Recruitment and Retention
  • Redesigning Models of Care