Healthcare and the Homeless Geriatric Population

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INTRODUCTION Within today’s constant debate on healthcare reform, lies a group of people who often go unnoticed: America’s homeless. For a long time, the homeless were amongst some of the very few who did not qualify for quality healthcare services. The new Obama Administration has established funding and programs that allot Americans free health care, however, not all are aware of how to receive these services. Most homeless individuals are not even aware that they have been made available. This research proposal will discuss 1) the issues concerning the homeless population and their health; 2) the reasons behind the homeless lacking proper knowledge regarding these changes and 3) the necessary accommodations that are needed to better acclimate and educate the homeless population on these changes. REVIEW OF LITERATURE Most of the homeless includes a population of elders aging between 50 and over. Being homeless raises the chances of them not being covered by health care (Kushel, 2012). There are a number of health issues that increase for those who are homeless and elderly. As they grow older, health implications continue to rise without the proper remedy to cure or prevent it. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, those who are elderly and homeless “are more likely to experience multiple medical problems and chronic illnesses that may have gone untreated for years” (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2003). For

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