1. Write a 175- to 265-word response to the following:

  • In your opinion, what is the most important qualification for community programs and services?
  • What factors determine whether a person will need formal long-term care or be cared for informally? What surprised you about the information in the text?
  • As a health care administrator, how will that influence programs and services within your community? Provide details.

Read and respond to the discussion post below. Be constructive and professional with your thoughts, feedback, or suggestions.

2. I think that the two most important qualifications for a HCBS to have are the achievement of accreditation and a mission, vision, and values that promotes an organizational culture that puts the well-being of the LTC recipient first before profits or advancement. A HCBS that seeks or has acquired accreditation is one works to maintain the highest levels of safety, quality, and compliance. These are valid signs of a service or program that works to be the best in their given industry. Next, acquiring a staff that is instilled with the organizations mission, vision, and values builds an organizational culture that always has the best interests of their consumers first within the perimeters and regulations of the industry. Without an organization and staff that has the consumer first, the services provided will lack in quality, safety and other service standards.

The medical needs of the patient are what decides whether they will need formal or informal care. Many patients need moved back and forth between formal and informal need as the ebb and flow of their ailments change. As our test states, informal caregivers are the backbone of the LTC industry (Pratt, 2016). Most informal caregivers are unpaid, and this is the surprising aspect for me. I understand that if caregivers were paid, it would cause the LTC in-home care industry to collapse; however, maybe if 10% of a person’s Social Security income was set aside for informal caregiving, the nation-wide economical drain may not be as heavy. So many informal caregivers, give selflessly, often causing financial strain and physical drain which cost our society more overall. I am no medical finance guru, but this is an area that needs addressed because the informal caregiving industry becomes a viscous cycle because those caregivers may require LTC programs and services more rapidly than someone that does not provide informal LTC.

As a health care administrator, my influence in our local programs and services will come in the way of accessibility. Finding grants, funds, and way to make our services reach the rural areas is vital to the overall health in our community. Our population is growing fast, and as a health care administrator finding way to keep pace with our growing aging population would be the forefront of my efforts.

3. Create a 400-word timeline showing the evolution of programs and services for aging populations over the past 50 years. Include in your timeline: An overview of how programs and services have evolved (this needs to cover multiple different programs)

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