COVID-19 and older adults in Israel – common challenges and recommendations

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield*

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Purpose: The impact of COVID-19 has most dramatically affected the older population, and nursing homes have become infection hotspots. As a response, governments have ordered isolation of older adults in geriatric institutions owing to the high risk of critical illness and mortality. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the potential impact of current policies on nursing homes and community-based care and provide suggestions for improvement in care. Design/methodology/approach: Taking the situation in Israel as an example, the author discussed major systemic problems pertaining to long-term care facilities and to community based care; the neglect of mental health; systemic deficiencies in end of life care; and the need to revise communications concerning COVID-19. Findings: Within each of the identified areas, recommended changes in strategy, policy and practice can help mitigate the dramatic impact of COVID-19 on the living experience of the older population. Originality/value: Drawing on the Israeli experience, this paper presents current shortcomings in the policy response to COVID-19 regarding nursing homes and community-based care and provides recommendations that are applicable to other contexts as well. Although some of these have been suggested or even practiced in some locations, many continue to be neglected and have not been discussed even as COVID-19 continues to infect societies around the globe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
JournalQuality in Ageing and Older Adults
Issue number4
StatePublished - 12 Dec 2020


FundersFunder number
Minerva Foundation


    • Ageism
    • COVID-19
    • Geriatric institutions
    • Loneliness
    • Mental health
    • Nursing homes
    • Social isolation


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