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
- Program Results Topic Summary: Formal Long-Term Care
- Program Results Topic Summary: Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care
- Home Care Research Initiative
- Active for Life: Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older
- Building Health Systems for People with Chronic Illnesses
- Independent Choices: Enhancing Consumer Direction for People with Disabilities
- Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program