[Oral healthcare for frail and care-dependent older people in Germany and the Netherlands].
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde, 126, 11, (2019), pp. 599-606
1 november 2019
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde
SubjectRadboudumc 10: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
To improve oral health for frail and care-dependent older people, both intra- and extramurally, in the Euregio Rhine-Waal area in the Netherlands and Germany, we inventoried barriers to oral care for the target group according to the literature, the organisation of oral care in both countries and the implications of this organisation for daily and professional (oral) healthcare and oral care. Results show most identified barriers are common to both countries, but the organisation of oral healthcare differs in both countries. The main differences lie in the financing and organisation of oral care in the intramural situation. In the Netherlands, this is to a large degree regulated and organised on the basis of the Chronic Care Act (Wlz), using the Verenso Oral Care Directive for care-dependent clients as a base for enforcement. In Germany, on the other hand, the provision of oral care in the home situation is more effectively facilitated. In both countries, various initiatives have recently been employed to improve, among other things, information supply, education and financing of oral healthcare.
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