Regulatory Agencies in LTC Sector

RegulatoryAgencies in LTC Sector

RegulatoryAgencies in LTC Sector

Thegovernment delivers most of its functions through different agenciesthat address the specific issues of concern to the public. Grimsley(2014) defined regulatory agencies as the government or the publicbodies that are established through legislation in order to help thegovernment in the implementation as well as enforcement of certainlaws. This paper will focus on three regulatory agencies (includingthe Administration on Aging, Commission on Aging, and LTC Ombudsman)that address the issues of LTC in the United States.

Administrationon Aging

TheAdministration on Aging is a government agency that was establishedunder the Older American Act, which was enacted in 1965(Administration on Aging, 2014). This agency plays its role andfunctions under the ministry of health. Currently, the agency acts asthe largest national provider of community-based and home-based carefor the caregivers and the older adults. Most importantly, theAdministration on Aging is the most important advocacy and focalpoint agency through which the federal government addresses issuesaffecting older persons and delivers most of the long-term careprograms established under the Older American Act of 1965 (EldercareLocator, 2014). The agency achieves advocates for the development ofcost-effective and properly coordinated systems of community andhome-based care that can the vulnerable older adults maintain theirindependence and health.

Theactive participation of the Administration on Aging in LTC planningis one of the examples of how the agency regulates LTC in the UnitedStates. The agency established the National Clearinghouse for LTCinformation website in the year 2006 with the objective of collectingand disseminating information pertaining to LTC to the vulnerableolder adults (Administration on Aging, 2014). The website controlsthe type of information that older adults as well as their caregiversreceive. This site ensures that the caregivers and older adults getobjective and in-depth information about the importance of planning,the risks and the cost of LTC. This website also promoted thecampaign that seeks to enhance self awareness about the LTC,especially among the senior members of the society who are vulnerableto long-term illness.

Commissionon Aging

TheCommission on Aging is an independent government agency that wasestablished through legislation in 1962 (Administration on Aging,2014). The commission has about several statutory functions, all ofwhich aims at enhancing the well being of older adults who arevulnerable to long-term illnesses. The commission focuses its effortson the quality of life of older adults to ensure that are able toachieve their goals in the community and homes (Commission on Aging,2014). The commission also makes recommendations to the GeneralAssembly about the administration of LTC, maintains the relationshipbetween the vulnerable population and the government, and carries outeducational outreach with the objective of increasing the publicawareness on issues pertaining to LTC and other age relatedchallenges. The commission achieves its legislative functions in twomajor ways. First, the commission critics and supports the formationof legislation that enhances the quality of life of older adults(Commission on Aging, 2014). This has been accomplished in the pastthrough the establishment of the Elder Action Network, which isheaded by the LTC Advisory Council. Secondly, the commission playsthe role of directing the process of comprehensive research andstudies on different health issues, such as LTC that have an impacton persons living with disabilities.

TheLong-term Support and Services is one the key initiatives throughwhich the Commission on Aging regulates LTC. For example, theinitiative has allowed the commission to collaborate with otherstakeholders in promoting a LTC system that respects the individual’schoice in terms of how and where to receive LTC service (Commissionon Aging, 2014). This way, the commission ensures that the publicpolicies are formulated in ways that address the long-term healthneeds of the at-risk population of older adults.

LTCOmbudsman Program

TheLTC Ombudsman Program was established under the Title 7 of the OlderAmericans Act (Opper, 2014). The agency works on behalf of at-riskresidents in assisted living and LTC facilities. Members of Ombudsmenare given special training where the graduates work with the agencyeither on full time or on a part time basis. The primary function ofthe Ombudsman is to increase the awareness about the health rightsprovided by the law to residents and families and help them pursuethose rights at the state as well as the federal levels. In line withthis, the LTC Ombudsman has three major functions that are directlyrelated to the long-term health care. First, the agency resolvescomplaints raised by people living in the assisted living centers orLTC facilities (Opper, 2014). Secondly, the agency conductsinvestigations on verbal, physical, and cases of emotional abuse thatoccurs in the LTC facilities. Lastly, ombudsman informs and educatesthe public on all issues pertaining to LTC.

Oneof the best examples that show how the LTC Ombudsman regulates theLTC is the way it represents the interests of the people beforedifferent agencies with the objective of seeking legal,administrative, and remedies that protect the residents (Opper,2014). This means that the agency ensures that the national policiesand rules formulated to guide the management of LTC have the capacityto address the needs of the persons suffering from long-termillnesses.

Inconclusion, the three agencies considered in the present researchpaper were established through the acts of parliament to help thegovernment in addressing the pressing issues LTC in the UnitedStates. These agencies focus on older adults suffering from long-termillnesses because the senior members of the society are the mostat-risk population. The agencies assist the government inimplementing the policies that are already in place and play theadvisory roles, which lead to the formulation of new policies thathelp resolving emerging challenges in the LTC sector.


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