Evolution of Long-Term Care Systems
During the 1800s, and well into the 1900s, families took care of their own members whenever possible. Several generations lived together, with the younger generation taking care of the older and vice versa. Post 1900s, the joint family system started disintegrating.
Interview at least five people of varying ages from different families to know their perspective on disintegration of joint family system. Based on your interview findings and learning from your readings, respond to the following questions:
- What factors led to disintegration of the joint family system?
- What has been the impact of this disintegration on aging people and long-term care?
- Did disintegration have any benefits for health service organizations? Why or why not?
At the same time this shift occurred in the family structure, health care organizations were experiencing continuous changes in their operating styles. The long-term care system took some time to catch up with the changing nature of businesses. In the 1990s and early 2000s, long-term care was seen to experience several turbulent changes, particularly related to its operations, management, and structure. Research the South University Online Library and the Internet to find information on the changes in the long-term care system in the United States and respond to the following questions:
- How have the operations, management, and structural changes of the 1990s and early 2000s impacted the long-term care system today?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the present long-term care system in the United States?
Long-Term Care Today
Demographics and epidemiological transitions result in dramatic changes in the health needs of individuals throughout the globe. In recent times, there has been increase in the prevalence of long-term disability in the population-causing increasing need for long-term care services. In addition, the present developing world is experiencing an increase in the demand for long-term care services at a cost much lower than industrialized countries.
Prepare a report in a 3 to 4 page Microsoft Word document comparing the US long-term care system with the long-term care system of a developing country. Research the South University Online Library and the Internet to find relevant content.
Include the following information in your report:
- What are the chronic illness trends of each country?
- What is the incidence and prevalence of elderly consumers of long-term care in the United States as compared to your chosen developing country?
- How does each country expect these numbers to change in the next ten years?
- What are the main characteristics of the elderly population in both the countries? Is there any difference in the long-term health care needs of consumers in both the countries? Provide a rationale for your answer.
- Who are the institutional and noninstitutional caregivers in both the countries? Support your answer with relevant examples. Explain the factors that affect care giving in each country.
- Is there any difference in the status of quality of care of the elderly consumers in the United States as compared to the developing country?
- Is there any difference in the health care cost provided in the United States as compared to the developing country? Define any social support that may exist to cover health care in both countries.
Support your responses with examples.
Cite any sources in APA format.