• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Elder Care Options for Families: Long-Term Care

  • By: Janet K. Pringle Specht
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

An increasing proportion of elders in the population is projected for the next few decades. An increase of 76% is expected by 2030. Because the incidence of chronic illness and disability is correlated with advancing age, the demand for long-term care will correspondingly increase. Older persons will also be more ethnically and racially diverse. These circumstances cause concerns about the adequacy of long-term care services to assist culturally dissimilar elders with the management of chronic illnesses, functional impairment, and promotion of health to forestall institutionalization, maintain safety, and enhance quality of life. Although there are a number of options with specific advantages available for long-term care, these vary by state jurisdiction, have specific disadvantages, and typically present a difficult decision for older persons and ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles