America and Long Term Care

In 2009 Barack Obama became America’s 44th president. We will look to the future it is important that we face the challenges ahead which include creating more jobs, ending the war, and getting our economy out of a recession. However, one of the most important issues that is not to be overlooked is that of long term care (health) in this society.

Long Term Care is defined as “a variety of services which help meet both the medical and non-medical need of people with a chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time.” The baby boomer generation is the one that is suffering the worst right now. Medicare and Mediaid are unable to pay for many of the things that elderly and other people in long term care so desperately need.

But why are the people in need of long term care placed in those facilities to begin with? Studies show that family members are placing their loved ones in homes because they no longer feel that they have the time or resources to devote to taking care of their family members. Women have always been the primary caregivers within the home, and now women feel the need to go out and have their own careers. The economy is in a recession right now as well, which creates even more of an urgency for both men and women to get out there and earn a living.

In the future it is important to realize that if we don’t start helping out our loved ones more, there may not be enough resources for everyone to be long term care. Social security may not be around by the time we become elderly, so it is important that we take action now and start forming health care precautions to ensure everyone can be taken care of. Barack Obama is continuing to raise awareness on the subject, and hopefully America will see improvements in Long Term Care soon.

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