Integrated Care for Older People
As people grow older, their health needs are likely to become more complex and chronic. Yet most health systems are better designed to address acute health conditions and often operate independently of long-term-care systems, which can lead to poorer outcomes.
The WHO Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) programme addresses individual and systems level changes needed to respond to the needs of older people with a focus on reorienting primary care providers and health systems to:
- ● respond to the great diversity in physical and mental capacities of older populations;
- ● provide care that is person-centred and integrated across health care services, settings, and coordinated with social care.