Long Term Care

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The necessity for long-term care is increasing which will require additional training and education for health care personnel, family members, and patients. Family members can have peace of mind knowing their family member will gain confidence in learning how to become accustomed to his or her new life while maintaining a quality continuum of care during and after treatment for physical, mental, or age associated illnesses.

Long-term care is also known as personal assistant services and is defined as an individual who requires health care assistance for more than 90 days. Personal assistants provided to a patient help them with the activities of daily living (ADL) as well as instrumental activities of daily living (IADL). These
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This would enable some individuals to remain at home longer. Monitoring services include GPS tracking devices as well as alarm devices. Tracking devices are beneficial to individuals who tend to wander. Alarm devices can be good for individuals to alert someone from a 24-hour monitoring service when they have a sudden medical emergency (“Using Professional Home Care Services,” 2012). Understanding the various resources for long-term home care can permit an individual to stay-at-home in a safe and comfortable environment.

Community care involves different services provided by local communities to assist with individuals who are in a long-term care situation. According to “Administration on Aging,” Congress passed the Older American Act (OAA) in 1965 in response to the concern about a lack of community social services for older persons (2011). The OAA has provided a wide array of services for the organization and delivery of services to the older population and their caregivers. Adult day service programs are designed to provide a place to go while a family caregiver goes to work (“National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information,” n.d.). These programs vary by location. Some programs provide health care services, others provide social activities, and there are a few that provide both services. Some social activities include various educational or exercise classes as
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