The Japanese Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine Volume 51, Issue 10 (October 2014)

“Kaifukuki Rehabilitation Ward” in Japan Takatsugu Okamoto 1,2,3 , Seiichi Ando 2 , Shigeru Sonoda 1,4 , Ichiro Miyai 1,5 , Makoto Ishikawa 1,6 1Annual Survey Committee, Kaifukuki Rehabilitation Ward Association, Tokyo, Japan 2Nishi-Hiroshima Rehabilitation Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan 3Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan 4Nanakuri Sanatorium, Mie, Japan 5Neurorehabilitation Research Institute, Morinomiya Hospital, Osaka, Japan 6Hatsudai Rehabilitation Hospital, Tokyo, Japan pp.629-633
Published Date 2014/10/18
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 In Japan, the ratio of the people aged 65 years or older to the entire population has quadrupled during the past 60 years to reach 23% in 2010.1) As a result, Japan is now one of the world's top countries for longevity. The aging of population is based on low fertility and prolonged life span. The latter has been acquired by good health management under the Japanese universal health insurance system2) established in 1961, where every person can, in principle, have almost equal and qualified medical services with limited financial burden. The prolonged life span, however, inevitably increases the physically impaired elderly people who must undergo rehabilitation.

 Aimed chiefly at such people, the system of the “Kaifukuki rehabilitation ward (KRW)” was introduced in Japan as a subacute-phase-particularized rehabilitation ward in 2000,3) when the public long-term care insurance system4) was at the same time established mainly to support the people who must live their chronic phase lives after discharge from the KRW.

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The Japanese Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
51巻10号 (2014年10月)
電子版ISSN 印刷版ISSN 1881-3526 日本リハビリテーション医学会