Concept of Long-Term Care

Conceptof Long-Term Care

Conceptof Long-Term Care

Theconcept of long-term care (LTC) and its management have been gainingsignificance following the increase in life expectancy and the numberof older adults who are in need of long-term care services. Althoughthe concept of LTC is mainly associated with the senior members ofthe society, its definition shows that the concept can apply tohealth and health-related services offered to people of any age.Evashwick (2004) defined LTC as a wide range of services, both healthand health-related, provided to people with functional disabilitiesfor an extended period of time. This paper will address the changesin the concept of LTC following the week’s readings, analysis oftwo current events, and three long-term care populations in my localcommunity.

Changesin the concept of long-term care

Theweek’s readings changed my concept of long-term care in three majorways. First, the readings widened the definition of long-term carecompared to how I previously understood it. I thought that long-termcare covered only health care services, such as disease management.From the readings, long-term care covers both health andhealth-related services, including help with activities of dailyliving (Evashwick, 2004). This has helped me in seeing the concept oflong-term care beyond the narrow range of long-term health careservices. Secondly, the course readings have changed my initialthought that long-term care management services are provided in thehealth care facilities. The readings show that long-term careservices can be provided from different places, including the healthcare facilities, specialized centers, and private homes depending onthe type of long-term problems affecting the client (Evashwick,2004). For example, ambulatory care can be provided in an outpatientclinic while social support can be provided in senior centers. Third,the week’s readings have changed by previous thought that long-termcare is just a normal health care problem that is addressed throughmedical interventions. From the readings, long-term care becomessuccessful with the help of effective management and leadershipskills (Singh, 2010). This implies that long-term care requires theintegration of health care services, leadership and managementskills.

Twocurrent events related to long-term care

Organizingseminars is one the most effective ways of increasing awareness aboutlong-term care. The Sandwich Generation is a long-term care eventthat is organized annually to educate the society about long-termcare needs (West Shore Bank, 2014). The Sandwich Generation seminarthat is organized in Mason County aims at educating people withpatients in need of long-term care on how to plan for different sortsof care that their parents may need and preserve savings forfinancing LTC services. In addition, the seminar informs attendantsabout the importance of Medicaid services to individuals sufferingfrom long-term illnesses. The LTC Planning Seminar organized annuallyat Wegmans College educates people on how to plan for LTC (FriendsLife Care, 2014). The seminar focuses on the benefits of enrolling inpublic medical programs (such as Medicaid and Medicare) as a way ofplanning for LTC. The two events increase awareness about LTC byeducating the society about specific issues (such as planning)pertaining to LTC.

ThreeLTC populations evident in the local community

Thereare three major LTC populations in my local community that I was notaware about prior to the week’s readings. From the week’sreadings, arthritis accounts for about 193 out of 1,000 cases ofchronic health conditions among the older adults aged 75 years andabove (Evashwick, 2004). First, the population of people sufferingfrom arthritis had not come to my mind that it belongs to the LTCpopulation. Secondly, I have come to realize that the population ofpersons suffering from diabetes is classified as people with chronicillnesses that require LTC. Although there are many people sufferingfrom diabetes in the local community, I have always considered themas patients with traditional types of health problems withoutregarding the fact that some of them require lifetime treatment.Lastly, the population of people suffering from mental illness isclassified as long-term population and it is commonplace in the localcommunity. I have been aware of the presence and classification ofthe population of people suffering from mental illness in my localcommunity.

Inconclusion, LTC is currently an issue of major concern in thecontemporary society that is characterized by population aging andlong-term illnesses. The week’s readings enhanced my understandingof the concept of LTC and changed my initial perceptions. Thereadings helped me realize that the concept of LTC has a wider scopeand requires the integration of medical, management, and leadershipskills. LTC requires both heal and health-related services. Awarenessabout LTC can be increased through educational seminars. Some of theLTC populations in the local community include the population ofpeople suffering from arthritis, mental illness, and diabetes.

References

Evashwick,C. (2004). Managinglong-term care.Chicago, IL: Copyright Health Administration Press.

FriendsLife Care (2014). Long-term care planning seminar-Wegmans College.FriendsLife Care.Retrieved August 16, 2014, fromhttp://members.friendslifecare.org/event/id/441402/Long-Term-Care-Planning-Seminar–Wegmans-Collegeville-PA.htm

Singh,A. (2010). Managinglong-term care.Burlington: Jones and Bartlet Publishers.

WestShore Bank (2014). They cared for your 20 years: Now it is your turn.WestShore Bank.Retrieved August 16, 2014, fromhttp://www.westshorebank.com/long-term-care-seminar