Study Report on Challenges in Long-Term Care

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Introduction
Long term care refers to the guiding and caressing of the people who are suffering from different kinds of illnesses that may be medical or non-medical. It involves performing the activities of daily living (ADL) for the people who are not able to carry it by themselves. Major portion of such long term care is required for the old people who are above 65 years. It has been explained very well by Stephen Kaye, Charlene Harrington and Mitchell LaPlante in their article on long term care (Kaye, Harrington, & LaPlante, 2010).
Stakeholders interested in the study
The stakeholders that are involved in the study include the medical care providers, health insurance providers, government schemes and programs related to providing care, taxation and expenditure department of the government, people who need long term care and their family members (Kaye, Harrington, & LaPlante, 2010).
Challenges in the long-term care continuum
There is a huge population in every country which is above 65 years, especially in US. It can be observed that there were about 40 million Americans above the age of 65 and 70% of them would require long term care later or sooner in their life. This generates a great concern for the government as a huge amount of the funds generated from the civilians is used for providing these long term care services (Kaye, Harrington, & LaPlante, 2010). Managing the financial expenditure that is involved in providing a long term care facility or service to such a large population is the biggest challenge faced by the government.
Impact of the challenges on the long-term care system (specifically on staffing, funding, and regulation)
The above mentioned challenges results in very less and insufficient funds for other necessary sectors like infrastructure, defense and other sections that are to be covered through the public funds. It limits the funds that can be used for staffing of people for different jobs and regulating the affairs of the country (Spillman & Lubitz, 2000).
Recommendations to address the challenges
Developing an awareness regarding the possibility of needing a long term care in the future among the citizens would increase the level of responsibility shown by the people (Spillman & Lubitz, 2000). It would prepare them for the expenses that they might have to make in their old age and this reduces considerable dependence on the government for long term care expenses.

References
Kaye, H. S., Harrington, C., & LaPlante, M. P. (2010). Long-Term Care: Who Gets It, Who Provides It, Who Pays, And How Much? Health Affairs, 29(1),, 11-21.
Spillman, B. C., & Lubitz, J. (2000). The effect of longevity on spending for acute and long-term care. . New England Journal of Medicine, 342(19), , 1409-1415.

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March 9, 2018

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