Family caregiving of the elderly and Long-Term Care Insurance in rural Japan


  • Kiyomi Asahara RN, PhD,

  • Yumiko Momose RN, MA,

  • Sachiyo Murashima RN, PhD

Correspondence: Professor Kiyomi Asahara, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Shinshu University, 3-1-1 Asahi, Matsumoto-city, Nagano, 390-8621 Japan. Email:


In this study, data were used from a qualitative research study and a literature review to present the characteristics of family caregiving for the elderly in rural Japan, and changes and issues related to home care since the recent implementation of Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) for the Elderly. The results of a quantitative study are also used to describe the perceptions of public health nurses about their role in the LTCI, and the future role of Japanese nurses in rural Japan is discussed.