Younger adults are the fastest growing sub-population in long-term care (LTC), increasing from 8% twenty years ago to 16% today. These individuals are a varied group that are characterized by longer stays, additional Medicaid funding, and different psychosocial needs, health concerns, and expectations than their elder cohort. Subjects such as belongings management, boundaries, technology use, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, autonomy, boredom, and behavioral health pose challenges in the long-term care environment, exacerbated by the need to comply with LTC regulations which were not designed for younger adults. This program will use a case-study approach to illustrate a model to cope with the various challenges a nursing home may encounter, accounting for individual perspectives, regulations, staff roles and responsibilities, the need for engagement and meaning and the importance of nurturing long-term relationships to reduce risk.
Describe the demographic trends associated with the rise of younger adults in long-term care
Describe psycho-social needs and wants of younger adults
Identify common challenges surrounding care of younger adults
Utilize a framework to identify an approach that meets the needs of the resident and facility, is adherent with the regulations, and promotes mutually positive long term relationships
Speaker disclosures: All members of the education and online education committees have no financial relationships to disclose. The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.
Brief summary: This program will highlight issues with a growing population in the long-term care industry. Several different issues and concerns will be addressed by the speaker.
Credit information: AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (The Society) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. The Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
MD, MPH, CMD,
County of San Diego, Health and Human Services, Edgemoor DP SNF
Credits: None available.
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