Health Care Essay

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Health Care
America has a highly developed health care system, which is available to all people. Although it can be very complex and frustrating at times, it has come a long way from the health care organizations of yesterday. Previously, most health care facilities were a place where the sick were housed and cared for until death. Physicians rarely practiced in hospitals and only those who were fortunate could afford proper care at home or in private clinics. Today the level of health care has improved tremendously. Presently the goal of our health care is to have a continuum of care for the patient, one of which is integrated on all levels. Many hospitals offer a referral service or discharge plan to patients who are being
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Assisted Living
Assisted living is an arrangement to residents of a facility that enables them to complete certain daily activities while remaining independent. The services provided enable the resident to achieve maximum function of their activities of daily living.
The services are unskilled and non-specialized; personnel provide the activities essential to the care of the resident. These services help assist the aged, blind, disabled, and other functionally limited individuals with necessary daily activities for which they require help with or are unable to perform on their own. Examples of some of the services that may be available are light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders and personal care. This personal care does not include specific health oriented services that would require the services of a certified or licensed professional. It is stated well in Aging "Although the level of services provided may vary, assisted living communities all share a common goal: enabling people to live as active and independent a life as possible" (p. 212). The goal of an assisted living facility is to have the residents feel independent within their own home. According to the article Assisted Living's Future In Michigan Debated "Assisted living facilities can offer consumers a great opportunity to get personalized care in a comfortable setting" (p. 2). Currently there is some controversy surrounding the different types of

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