The right person at the right time to ensure high quality and value person-centered care for older adults: scope of practice and other systems-level factors

The Institute of Medicine’s report, Retooling for an Aging America, envisioned care that is responsive to an aging society, with an adequate supply of competent workers and improved delivery systems, including healthcare teams that work together (IOM, 2008). Steven Dawson and Christopher Langston opened this issue of Generations with a critical reflection on the incremental and inadequate progress made in meeting the growing demand for eldercare They call for “systems that are designed from the very beginning around the core, central relationship between the elder and the caregiver.”