Continuum of Care Professor Stephen Freeman HCS/310 September 25, 2011 Abstract Continuum of care is the systematic and continuous health services essential and given, beginning with appropriate prenatal care continuing with provisional care about the appropriate level until death. One aspect of the continuum of care is long-term care. Long-term care is not easily defined, but it is the type of care that people would receive if they can no longer take care of themselves independently. The portions of long-term care that are interesting would be contributions of long-term care, the transition of long-term care and the future of long-term care. The Health Care Delivery System has many continuums of care components.
Long term Care in U.S.A Introduction: Before we can discuss the roles of long-term care, we must define the meaning of long-term care. The purpose of this paper is to describe in detail the role long-term care plays in providing services and how long-term care contributes or lacks contribution to the overall management of health care resources. In addition to the above-mentioned topics, the transitioning of patients from one level of care to another level of care in the health care continuum will be discussed. What is Long-Term Care? What is long-term care?
Services and employees 1) Discussion of the services provided and how these services fit into the continuum of care a. What services are provided by home health care b. How these services fit into the continuum of care as a whole c. the role in transitioning patients from one level of care to another in the health care continuum 2) Description of the health care delivery component's role in providing services d. Who provides these services e. How are these services delivered IV. Current and future of home health care 1) The overall current and potential future trends of health care a. Current trends and how they are changing b.
INTRODUCTION On admission to a healthcare facility, a health assessment is a mandatory tool in assessing the patient’s health status. In general an assessment is broken down into two types of reviews, by conducting a health history which includes the collection of subjective data (information elicited by the patient or patients’ family members) and a physical examination of the patient which includes the gathering of evidence based data (Wilson & Giddens, 2009). Collecting and documenting accurate information is imperative in providing the allied health team this information to facilitate an efficient and well-formed care plan in addition to establishing a baseline for subsequent assessments (Springhouse, 2004; Wilson & Giddens, 2009). PATIENT INTERVIEW A health assessment should consist of establishing a patient profile and incorporate a full medical history (Harvey, 2004). The traditional approach includes collecting subject matter on “biographical data, present health concerns (or present illness) and the chief complaint, past history, family history, review of system and patient data” (Farrell & Dempsey, 2010, p. 74).
For instance how a physician explains his plan of care to a patient may differ from the way he or she explains it to the nurse. When speaking with the patient the physician must take into consideration the patient’s health literacy (the ability to understand health information). He should choose his wording
Long-term care is not specific to a certain age group, and long-term care can be given in various settings. “Long-term care can be acquired in one’s home or more typically in sheltered care or independence-supporting settings described continuing care retirement communities” (Long-Term Care, para. 1). To make sure long-term care is provided at the optimum level, it must be a part of a continuum of health care. “A continuum of aging services is a comprehensive and integrated network of services that guides and tracks patients/clients over time and includes acute, transitional, long-term, and preventative care” (Clapp, 1993, General Definition, para.
Learning Objectives: After completion of the module, you should be able to… 1. Provide examples of historically significant health care policy, finance, and regulatory decisions/actions and explain how they were influenced by the sociocultural, economic, legal and political factors of the period. 2. Identify various conceptual models for policymaking and the steps of the policy process. 3.
There are many factors that can influence outcome. These include the acuity of the patients’ injury or illness, the location of the patient, the wants and needs of the patient and their family, the resources available to the paramedic and the number, complexity and time dependence of interventions required, both on scene and en route to
When talking about perspectives the person values, believes, expects, and feels in regards to the experience are what is being referred to. In this model the patients’ perspective may be of either wellness in the foreground or illness in the foreground, this will change in attempt to piece their world together. This may be affected due to factors such as change to treatment, change to living environment, fears and others