Psychosocial Needs And Part 2: Long-Term Care Facilities

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Part Two: Long-Term Care Facilities
According to the Director-General of the WHO Organization (2000), Health care (and long-term care) can be catastrophically costly. Much of the need for care is unpredictable, so it is vital for people to be protected from having to choose between financial ruin and loss of health . . . . The other peculiarity of health is that illness itself . . . can threaten people’s dignity and their ability to control what happens to them . . . . Health systems have a responsibility not just to improve people’s health, but to protect them against the financial cost of illness . . . reducing the damage to one’s dignity and autonomy, and the fear and shame that sickness often brings with it – and to treat them with dignity . . . . In accordance with these goals, countries need to address long-term care as they further develop and reform their health and welfare systems (p. vii).
Long-Term Care Facilities need to make numerous changes in order to be prepared for the number of baby boomers that will be calling LTC’s home:
• Change overall approach to care
• Facility environment
• Social connectedness
• Continuing education
• Change in menu
• Policies in regards to sexual interaction
• Psychosocial needs
A change in overall approach to health care needs to happen.
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They need to have the ability to come and go as they please in order to stay social which will help them age well while living in the facility. This generation is also technologically savvy meaning the facility needs to be equipped to handle multiple gadgets including supplying internet access. Barbera (2011) offers advice in regards to internet access, “To increase the value of this service, add adaptive equipment, along with training in how to use it, lockable laptop drawers, additional electrical outlets and policies on maintaining privacy in the nursing

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