In light of this extraordinary cultural belief, the strategic next steps that long-term care
takes, at every entry point along its market spectrum, will either ensure or handicap its future.
and long-term-care insurance are being transformed by the needs of the large baby-boom generation.
(AIDS is now considered a chronic disease requiring long-term care
The physicians can view data at no charge." Physicians do pay for some subscription-based services, such as "interfacing with their practice management systems, electronic pre-scribing, etc." He adds, "We've focused on what physicians need day to day, but we haven't forgotten about long-term care
or nursing homes." Indeed, he believes nursing homes will find participation in the network useful and meaningful.
Here again, however, the long-term care
professional has to defend the resident's autonomy.
The Center for Long-Term Care
Financing is starting a campaign to build bridges of communication and cooperation between these critical groups.
Consumers, providers, policy makers, and elected officials working together can ensure that we all have the opportunity to afford the long-term care
setting of our choice.
Regular, average taxpayers have to hope they will die before they need long-term care
According to Aegis's Clark, a basic inspiration for the program has been the growth in respect and acceptance for customer-centered best practices in successful companies outside long-term care--the Nordstroms, Starbucks, Disneys, and Ritz-Carltons of the world--and the readiness of long-term care
to follow suit.
Vinyl seating has been a mainstay of long-term care
facilities because it's easy to clean and stands up to wear.
The group insurance unit is looking into combining products, such as individual variable universal life with long-term care
, and is considering expanding recordkeeping services for employers.
To address the extreme nursing shortages that exist today and are predicted for the future, long-term care
facilities must develop innovative strategies to sustain a quality workforce.
Law firms deride so-called "expectations-management" programs in place at many long-term care
facilities, asserting that the intent of such programs is to lower the families' expectations about the care their loved ones will receive.
The landscape for the long-term care
industry is not a pretty sight.
A review of the "Long Term Care General Liability and Professional Liability 2004 Actuarial Analysis" by Aon Risk Consultants, Inc., could easily persuade people in the long-term care
field to believe their nursing homes have no chance of being anything other than "targets of opportunity," relative to litigation.