Long Term Care
FEATURED RESEARCH, TESTIMONIES AND ANALYSIS:
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act is the poster child for President Barack Obama’s health care reform: bad policy, deceptive budgeting and stealth government expansion. It’s time to make it go away.
A recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report estimated that the $5 billion allotted to pay for health insurance for early retirees through January 1, 2014 will run out of money by September 2012.This program is the newest addition to the growing list of failures related to the President’s extensive 2010 health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Long-term care (LTC) is the assistance given to patients who are chronically disabled or functionally impaired. LTC is distinguished from post-acute care, in that it is not skilled nursing or rehabilitative care. LTC provides the assistance with tasks the care-recipient cannot perform independently, or in the case of mental impairment, provides supervision to ensure safety. LTC providers help the care-recipient with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), which are necessary activities like dressing, eating, using the bathroom, and bathing. These providers may also assist with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, house cleaning, and financial management.