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Long Term Care

Explain the behavioral health considerations wrapped up in long term care? How have the operations, management, and structural changes of the 1990`s and 2000`s impacted disease management in relationship to primary, secondary, and long-term care today? What are the present demographic changes taking place in the older population in the long-term care system?

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Long-term care may be needed at any age and involves medical and non-medical care to people who have a chronic illness or disability (Medicare, 2012). Five percent of the total adult population needs long-term services but the majority of individuals who receive these services are over the age of 65 (Kaiser, 2009). The demographics of America are changing as the ``Baby Boomers`` age and advances in healthcare allow Americans to live longer lives. Currently, about nine million people over the age of 65 need long-term care, but the Federal Government estimates that this figure will increase to 12 million by 2020. There will be a greater need for long-term care as the number of aging Americans increases, with the number of people in long term care facilities expected to quadruple in the next twelve years (Matteson, 2011). In part this is also due to a societal change of families no longer carry for the aged at home.

Behavioral health considerations are a function of long-term care. Children with intellectual disabilities such as mental ...

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This solution explains the behavioral health considerations wrapped up in long term care and how the operations, management, and structural changes of the 1990`s and 2000`s have impacted disease management in relationship to primary, secondary, and long-term care today. It also discusses the present demographic changes taking place in the older population in the long-term care system. APA formatted references are provided.

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