Reimagining Care for Older Adults

Long-Term Care

Aging successfully, safely, and happily requires a range of support services and types of accommodation. Unfortunately, too many older Americans spend many of their later years in institutions that are not best suited to their desires and social connections. To a significant extent, this is because regulations, payment systems and outdated models of care make a different array of options difficult to provide.

Care for Older Adults

Reimagining Care for Older Adults Issue Framing Paper

Convergence is engaged in a national dialogue on reimagining care for older adults. The yearlong  Convergence Dialogue on Reimagining Care for Older Adults will assess the perspectives, values, and vision of key and diverse stakeholders, develop areas of agreement, and create an implementation and dissemination plan for public support of consensus-based recommendations to reimagine the care of older adults in nursing homes and the range of settings they call home. The project will use Convergence’s unique dialogue-to-action methodology to explore visions of the future and follows a December 2020 Convergence Center report funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation exploring options and opportunities for change. The SCAN Foundation co-funds this project.

To guide the Convergence dialogue and other conversations on the future of long-term care, our Issue Framing Paper outlines the discussions aimed at reaching an agreement on restructuring long-term care for older adults.

Read the Convergence Dialogue on Reimagining Care for Older Adults Issue Framing Paper here.

Read the press release announcing the launch of the dialogue here.

Care for Older Adults

Rethinking Care for Older Adults

Building on Convergence’s Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative dialogue in 2016, we brought together almost 50 experts on aging and caregiving for older adults in three meetings in 2020 to brainstorm on the practice, policy, and business model changes needed to transform the system of care and the range of institutions. The conversations generated ideas for expanding opportunities for home and community-based care, advancing alternative business models in the institutional sector, and transforming the caregiving workforce. In December 2020, Convergence published a report, “Rethinking Care for Older Adults,” summarizing the series of conversations.

Read the Rethinking Care for Older Adults report here.


Supplement to “Rethinking Care for Older Adults”

Many of the ideas in the Report would require legislation or changes in business practice, but others could be advanced at least in part by administrative or regulatory actions at the federal, state, or local level. To further develop some of these latter ideas, Convergence again invited experts from the original conversations, and some other experts, to flesh out their ideas for administrative actions consistent with the broad themes of the original conversations.

The result is the “Supplement to Rethinking Care for Older Adults: A Menu of Ideas for Administrative Actions.” Like the ideas in the original report, the proposals in this collection do not represent a consensus and they are not endorsed by nor represent the views of Convergence. Each proposal represents solely the views of the author. Convergence’s purpose in publishing this collection is to spur productive conversation about the future of care for older adults.

Read the Supplement to Rethinking Care for Older Adults collection here.

Read the supplement Press Release here.

This collection and the December report were made possible by the generous support of The John A. Hartford Foundation The John A. Hartford Foundation and The SCAN Foundation.