Currently, our country does not have the capacity to provide long-term care to our increasing aging population. The growing numbers of older Americans will require a greater number of direct care workers and long-term care professionals. The Foundation will explore ways to expand, train and support all sectors of the long-term care workforce.
Quality in long-term care refers to the quality of long-term care setttings. It can mean many things—how to help an individual enhance their quality of life, setting quality measures in different types of long-term care settings, giving consumers quality information to make educated and informed decisions or the oversight of long-term care services. The foundation will focus research and consumer information to improve quality in these areas.
As growing numbers of individuals need long-term care and aging supportive services, consumers are looking for more information in how to select, monitor and pay for long-term care and supportive services. Family caregivers, providing 80 percent of all long-term care, are especially in need of resources and information so they can provide necessary care for friends and family members. The Foundation hopes to provide resources to consumers and family caregivers who must navigate the health care, long-term care and aging continuum.
There is widespread consensus that the promotion of information technology will bring about quality improvement in both health care and long-term care. The Foundation will focus on efforts to reduce or remove barriers to the innovation and adoption of technology in health care and long-term care settings.
Policy makers at the local, state and federal level require up-to-date and accurate information to make informed policy decisions about health care reform and long-term care. The Foundation seeks to engage in research projects which will offer policy data to policy makers that will educate and inform them as they grapple with these important issues.
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