Long Term Care Question

Long Term Care Question




Based upon the readings and assignments throughout this course, select ONE priority policy or advocacy issue in the long-term care industry that needs prompt attention, study, and resources in the coming year. Support and evidence for your selected issue may be found at the AARP site, AHRQ’s site, the NCOA site, or other industry or older and/or disability advocacy groups.

Prepare a 6-8 page paper defining the issue/need for advocacy with supporting evidence and data as well as a detailed plan of action and role for long term care leadership.

Outline for your paper:

  • (10 points) Identification of the critical policy issue OR advocacy issue with supporting data and evidence that is of concern in the long-term care industry(could be quality of life, medication safety, workforce development in long term care, caregiver support, quality data management, etc.)
  • (10 points) Recommendations and detailed plan of action
  • (7 points) Resources for support (financial, organizational, legislators, etc.)
  • (10 points)Role of long-term care leadership for this policy issue OR advocacy issue
  • (5 points) Conclusion

Points Possible: 50

42 points Content as indicated above

8 points Utilization of writing guidelines – LEVEL 3critical lobbying techniques, and how to see political development or activism in the form of a framework—will assist long-term care leaders with the critical political influence that will provide a voice for patients, communities, and long-term care organizations. Advocacy is defined by its roots in the legal system and is described as aggressive action taken on behalf of an individual, or a group viewed as an individual entity, to protect or secure that individual’s rights. Long-term care leaders have the responsibility to speak up for people whose rights have been interfered with or endangered in some way. However, this core concept of advocacy cannot supersede the greater good; therefore, causing ethical concerns in decision making for long-term care professionals. Levels of Advocacy Individual advocacy means acting on behalf of an individual. One example is a home health leader assisting an elderly person with caregiver benefits, help with needed medications, etc. Group advocacy can be seen when long-term care leaders act on behalf of the elderly or disabled in introducing new legislation or working to secure funds for new programs or services for Medicare recipients. System advocacy can be seen via the United States’ legislative process and subsequent passage of laws and regulations. Advocacy is a complex concept in that frequent ethical dilemmas occur when determining if an act of advocacy will harm another individual or group in the process. Advocacy is initiated by leaders when they see unfair, unjust, or unhealthy practices for their patients and community. Framework for Advocacy There are many models for building advocacy in organizations but most emphasize the same key components: • Taking action and overcoming obstacles to action • Selecting your issue, clarifying, and drawing attention to it • Understanding your political context—who are the key people you need to influence? • Building your evidence base—doing your homework on the issue and mapping the roles of various players • Engaging others and various organizations for support • Developing strategic plans inclusive of goals/objectives and how to best achieve them • Communication messages and implementing plans • Seizing opportunities for maximum influence • Being accountable to monitor and evaluate the process and impact • Taking a developmental approach to build sustainable capacity throughout the process Advocacy requires becoming politically knowledgeable and engaged. Many health care leaders are not engaged, but in the changing environment and regulation, cannot afford to not be involved and serving as leaders. Advocacy in Long-Term Care One result of the growth of the elderly, both in numbers and in their need for long-term care services, has been their growing political power. Since the 1990s, the elderly have become a well organized, potent and much listened to constituency. Formal organizations such as AARP, the Council of Senior Citizens, The National Council on Aging, and the Gray Panthers, have learned how to advocate for their needs with Congress and in their State Legislatures. In addition, they have been assertive in identifying the type of care and services they want and have had a voice in Medicare restructuring and health care reform. Some of the current advocacy issues around older adults are abuse, victimization, lack of resources for medications, and access to affordable care and housing. Long-term care leaders should know this constituency, become knowledgeable about their positions, build relationships locally with advocacy groups, and become a source of data about the industry. Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 . . . Short answers: Follow assignment directions. Write answers in your own words, no copying and pasting from websites or other sources. Use complete sentences and well- formed paragraphs with appropriate syntax. Avoid using contractions and personal pronouns. Proofread, check spelling and grammar prior to submission. Use correct punctuation and capitalization. Informal essays or projects: Incorporate all Level 1 guidelines. Use effective paragraph transitions Include a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Use Arial or Times 12-point font Double-space your text Set page margins to one inch Use reliable sources, cited properly within the text and listed on a references page when indicated. Formal papers: Incorporate all Level 1 and 2 guidelines. Include a cover page that has your name, the paper title, instructor’s name, course title or number, and date of submission. In-text citations REQUIRED for paraphrasing and/or direct quotes. These should comprise no more than 20% of the essay. Citations in the body text must include author’s name and publication year. Reference page at the end. References must include author, title, publication title, publication year, and source or retrieval information.
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