What is Long Term Care
According to medicare.gov and longtermcare.gov, long term care is an important sector of healthcare that provides various services and support to people in need. Health and personal needs are met by paraprofessionals through skilled or un-skilled assistance with care. Most un-skilled work within this sector relates to assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), which include eating, bathing, and dressing of clients. Long term care can be provided at home, in the community, in assisted living or in nursing homes. The goal of long term care services is to help clients maximize their independence and functioning at a time when they are unable to be fully independent.
Growing Caregiver Crisis
More and more people are in need of care, but there are too few caregivers to provide much needed assistance. The overall number of older adults is increasing, creating a gap in the amount of care that is needed and the amount of care that is accessible. Because society and demographics are constantly changing, the direct care workforce is unable to meet the growing shortage of caregivers.
What can I do to help?
- Become a caregiver
Take the Assessment Quiz
- Advocate on behalf of caregivers and clients
Caregiving in America
Alliance Advocacy Page
Valuing the Workforce and Advocacy
The direct care workforce provides the tools for clients to live and function independently. Caregivers are the link between clients and boarder society through advocating on behalf of older adults, disabled individuals, and other populations in need of assistance.The growing need for services increases the value in direct care work. Family or friends may one day need assistance within their home, within a facility, or in the community. The direct care workforce provides the important and helpful support people need.