Reasons For Long Term Care

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Long Term Care Facilities Long term care is for an individual who requires assistance with physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time (Day, n.d.). The individual would need support with activities daily for healthy living. The individual would require this type of help due to illnesses, diseases or age preventing the individual from doing daily activities (Day, n.d.). “Estimates by experts are that at least 60% of all individuals will need extended help in one or more of the areas above during their lifetime (Day, n.d.) .” The reasons for long term care are all different for each individual, various types of long term care exists for each reason. The different types of care are determined on how long an individual needs …show more content…
Over half of facilities hold individuals at or above 65 years old. An individual needing help with at least two different daily functions, is 68% at the age of 65 or older (Selected Long-Term Care Statistics, 2015). The need for long term care services are about 30% in a study of 1.5 million persons (Selected Long-Term Care Statistics, 2015). The need is around 70% for individuals falling closer to the poverty level (Selected Long-Term Care Statistics, 2015). Examples of different types of long-term care settings are nursing home care, home and community-based care, family and informal caregivers (Selected Long-Term Care Statistics, 2015). There are around 65.7 million informal and family caregivers in the United States (Selected Long-Term Care Statistics, 2015). An example of different reasons for long term care are for people with Alzheimer’s or other Dementia. There are around 43.5 million caretakers in Alzheimer’s and Dementia units (Selected Long-Term Care Statistics, …show more content…
Some activities include simple but important tasks like buying groceries or making doctor’s appointments (Heatlh Promotion by Design in Long-Term Care Settings, n.d.). Another example of simple activities is getting ready for the day and eating breakfast, these are more crucial for daily health (Heatlh Promotion by Design in Long-Term Care Settings, n.d.). Some individuals do not have the same strength or memory to do these activities every day. A caregiver is committed to help obtain the help needed to do tasks that are crucial for maintaining quality of life (Heatlh Promotion by Design in Long-Term Care Settings, n.d.) The residents’ quality of life is a very important purpose for all long term care settings (Heatlh Promotion by Design in Long-Term Care Settings, n.d.). One example of how the quality of life is exercised is improving sleep (Heatlh Promotion by Design in Long-Term Care Settings, n.d.). The comfortability is an important aspect of quality of life (Heatlh Promotion by Design in Long-Term Care Settings, n.d.). For example, insomnia or disturbed sleep is common in older individuals and making sure the environment is comfortable is a big contribution to improving sleep. There are many other environmental aspects that can be changed to achieve quality of life for

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