Do No Harm and Financing for an Aging Population

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Nursing Homes

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Nursing Homes

Nursing homes should not restrain residents because it is believed that physically restrain on residents is harmful to their health because it may cause discomfort and pain to the residents. Unnecessary restraint can result in deterioration in the physical functioning and atrophy in the restrained resident’s muscles. For instance, when a resident is restrained from walking to prevent falls his or her muscles will automatically weaken with time which can eventually lead to decreased ability to walk again. Restrain on a resident can also result in emotional and psychological torture to the resident because of the decrease in the sense of dignity and ability to freely move and perfume the normal functioning (Jones, 2002).

The nursing homes should be held responsible in case the resident is abused or injured in the process of being restrained. The nursing homes should be held responsible because the nursing homes owe a very restrict duty of care to the residents in the homes. If it is proved that the nursing home is negligent and their negligence played a significant role in the resident’s abuse or injury then the nursing homes become legally liable for all the resulting damages.

The fiscal impact of the growth and ageing of the population on long-term care services.

Growth and ageing of the population are increasing with time has a substantial consequences on Medicare, social security and institutional Medicaid. The ageing of the population impacts the federal government because it constitutes more than a third of the federal budget (Senator Elizabeth Warren – The Future of Long-Term Care Policy: Continuing the Conversation, 2017). The long term care services are projected to increase the fiscal pressure in the years to come though the projected fiscal pressure is dated very far into the future and the long term projections are very unreliable. The ageing population, therefore, increases the federal budget due to the long term care services that are offered by the government. The federal government should continue to provide subsidies to offset the cost of family utilizing long-term care services. The subsidies should be given to the families because most of the ageing population do not have stable sources of income yet there also have the right to access the long term care services (The IMF on the Fiscal Impact of Population Aging on JSTOR., 2017). The government also has the mandate to take care of its citizens regardless of their ages or financial status.

References

Jones, A. (2002). The national nursing home survey: 1999 summary. Vital and Health Statistics. Series 13, Data from the National Health Survey, (152), 1-116.

Senator Elizabeth Warren – The Future of Long-Term Care Policy: Continuing the Conversation. (2017). YouTube. Retrieved 23 July 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzvkBKtCazs

The IMF on the Fiscal Impact of Population Aging on JSTOR. (2017). Jstor.org. Retrieved 23 July 2017, from https://www.jstor.org/stable/25487684




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