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What are the different types of health care organizations?
Hospitals, long-term care facilities, specialty hospitals and centers, home health agencies, subacute care facilities, and hospice care facilities or agencies.
Hospitals?
*Acute Care Facilities* Hospitals provide complex care for people who are too ill to be treated elsewhere. General hospitals and teaching hospitals treat many different age groups and disorders. Because acute hospital care is the most expensive way to treat acute illness, a hospital stay is kept as short as possible.
Specialty Hospitals and Centers?
Some hospitals treat only a specified age group, such as children, for many different conditions. Others provide a specialized service only, such as psychiatric, cancer, or acquired immune defiency syndrome (AIDS) treatment and research.
Subacute care facilities?
After discharge from an acute care hospital, some patients require continued medical management and skilled nursing care in a less expensive facility. They are still very ill and may require frequent intravenous medications and complex therapy. They typical subactute patient has potential for imporvement within a few weeks or months. Then the doctor prescribes discharge to a less expensive long-term care facility or to home care.
Long-term care facilities?
Long-term care facilities provide care for individuals of all ages who are permanently disabled due to injuries, such as motor vehicle accidents, or who have a chronic illness. Many improve with care and return home. Others spend the remainder of their lives in the facility. They elderly make up an increasing number of long-term-care patients. They facility may also be called a nursing home, a skilled nursing facility (SNF), an extended care facility (ECF), or a rehabilitaion (restorative care) center.
Home Health Agencies?
There is a great demand for home health care because it is less expensive than facility care. Also, most patients prefer to remain in their homes. Home health aides follow a plan of care designed by physicians, therapists, and registered nurses. This role requires the ability to complete patient care orders while working alone at times and to call for assistance when necessary.
Hospice Facilities or Agencies?
Hospice care may be provided within a facility or in a patient's home. The hospice care nursing assistant follows a plan of care designed by physicians, therapists, and registered nurses to provide patient comfort and improved quality of life. Sesitivity to the needs of a dying person and an ability to be extra gentle when providing physical care are two requirements for the nursing assistant in this role.