Understanding Continuum of Care Services

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Understanding Continuum of Care Services
HCA210 Introduction to Health Care
Martha Schlagel
02/09/2012

Understanding Continuum of Care Services
Long Term Care is a variety of services that includes medical and non-medical care to people who have a chronic illness or disability. Long-term care helps meet health or personal needs. Most long-term care is to assist people with support services such as activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom. Long-term care can be provided at home, in the community, in assisted living or in nursing homes. An example of Long Term care is a Nursing Home. Nursing homes provide care to people who can’t be cared for at home. Generally, Nursing homes assist people with support services such as dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom, for people who can't take care of themselves due to physical, emotional, or mental problems. Continuum of Care services in the U.S. is an integrated system of care that guides and tracks a patient over time spanning all levels of intensity of care, providing a model to guide daily decisions about the patient’s healthcare delivery. In a nutshell, it is a guide post for a patient to have their overall care managed. They can receive assistance with basic care like setting up doctor’s appointments or more extensive care such as hospital care. Long-term care is one of the greatest challenges facing the health care delivery system today because of the cost. With the rising cost of healthcare period in the U.S., long-term care services are more extensive in most cases. Because of the cost, most of the patients that need long-term care cannot afford to pay for the services themselves, so the major of the funding is provided by the government and private donations.
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