Health Care Essay

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Health Care
America has a highly developed health care system, which is available to all people. Although it can be very complex and frustrating at times, it has come a long way from the health care organizations of yesterday. Previously, most health care facilities were a place where the sick were housed and cared for until death. Physicians rarely practiced in hospitals and only those who were fortunate could afford proper care at home or in private clinics. Today the level of health care has improved tremendously. Presently the goal of our health care is to have a continuum of care for the patient, one of which is integrated on all levels. Many hospitals offer a referral service or discharge plan to patients who are being
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According to Michigan article "Unlicensed facilities, unsubsidized care, untrained staff, and unmet promises make some places seem more like un-assisted living" (p. 1). Unfortunately many facilities are misleading as to what level of care they are providing. Both the government and national organizations are currently addressing this issue.
My own experience with an assisted living facility has been quite good. My grandmother was a resident of an assisted living facility. The facility was specifically built for seniors and was that of an apartment like structure. The facility provided social and recreational activities on a continual basis. There was also transportation service available for residents who wished to use it. My grandmother thoroughly enjoyed living in an assisted living facility where she had the opportunity to make numerous friends, participate in activities and remain independent.

Long Term Care
Long-term care patients are categorized by having a chronic condition and/or disease. The long-term care facility can be either hospital-based or freestanding. It consists of an organized medical staff, which provides continuous nursing services under professional nurse direction. The patient's status is reviewed on a regular basis to determine if they meet criteria to remain at the facility. State licensure regulations, Federal regulations and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care