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Course Project: Long-Term Care Facilities I

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Choose two long-term care facilities—one from nursing facilities, assisted living, or subacute care and another from adult day care, home health care, or hospice care—on which you would want to base your research work.
Assume you are responsible for the management and administration of the two facilities. You have to orient the newly appointed manager by providing an overview on managing long-term care. You also need to discuss the programs of the two facilities. From this perspective and based on your research about the facilities, include the following:
• What are the various multidisciplinary departments (teams) included in your facilities?
• Who comprise the target population being served by the various programs provided by your chosen facilities?
• What are the major staffing and human resource issues faced by your chosen facilities?
• What are the significant trends in long-term care likely to impact the operation of the various programs provided by your chosen facilities, and what is your plan of action to overcome them?
• What are the various forms of cooperation and integration existing in your chosen facilities? Discuss the nature of management, financing, and quality issues related to integration and cooperation in the facilities?
Support your responses with examples.

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I have selected typical assisted living and home health care as the examples I will discuss.

• What are the various multidisciplinary departments (teams) included in your facilities?
Assisted Living: the multidisciplinary team will be focused on providing primary & secondary care, meaning that acute and chronic issues are likely managed through direct care interventions (wound care, transfers, medication administration, etc) To provide direct care, primary care clinicians such as nurses, personal support workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physicians would need to be available almost 24/7.
Home Health Care: the multidisciplinary team will be focused on providing consultative services that utilize the resource of natural caregivers and client education to manage interventions. Some primary care may be provided in home; however, outpatient programs might be needed to provide comprehensive care. To provide these in-home interventions, the team will likely be composed of a case manager, nursing, OT, PT and personal support workers. Although there may be a similar makeup of the team, consultation will be finite ...

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This question was geared to describe the different clinical environment and needs between an assisted living facility versus home health care services

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