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Long Term Care Facilities

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This is a tricky question to answer. There is a plethora of literature which highlights older adults’ perception of entering long term care facilities vs. the myths and horror stories associated with nursing homes. I believe income plays a strong factor in level of care and how nursing homes are operated.
Our text discusses the importance of funding long term care. In this day and age the average lifespan is expanding which means the demand for long term care facilities may increase. The longer we live, the more likely we are to need long term health care services and supports. Quadagno (2014) notes that here in the United States, long term care facilities and nursing home organizations are funded primarily by Medicaid. While Medicaid and Medicare services are beneficial to the aging population, the funding does not adequately allow residents of nursing homes the best of care.

What is the worst aspect of life in a total institution?
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I think by maintaining high standards for all nursing staff is key to ensuring excellent resident care. I would be proactive in my leadership duties by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees. I would advocate for a flexible budget for my nursing home, giving us the funds to have up-to-date medical equipment, HIMS, and providing continuous education opportunities for the staff. When interacting with the residents and loved ones of residents, I would strive to establish a compassionate environment by providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to every individual within my nursing home. Perhaps this would alleviate the myth of dying and nursing homes; by showing the elderly we care and actively demonstrate how important it is to regain their optimal health status, the elderly can see that death is not correlated to long term living
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