Continuum Of Care

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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. One of those components is long-term Care. Long-term Care (LTC) is classified as the need for constant care over a period of at least 90 days for a variety of severe and lingering conditions. When individuals lose the capacity to care for themselves from injury and chronic illness conditions, LTC is a service provided for those individuals. LTC services assist individuals with basic activities and routines of daily living and may also include skilled therapeutic care for treatment and management of these conditions (Barton, 2007). In relation to long-term care, one must determine the importance of long-term care and the services it provides.
Services provided
LTC patient’s services determine the measure of an individual’s functional abilities. Patient’s abilities are tested in two ways: Activities of daily living (ADLs) and Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). ADLs are the basic task required for independent functioning, and IADLs are the skills required to perform social task and basic household chores to maintain self-sufficiency. Most LTC is provided in a facility such as nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities,
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