What coping techniques would you recommend to a person who has become disabled to enable them to maximize their enjoyment of life?

assingment 1 Organizational Contacts – This first Course Project deliverable is designed to expose you to the large number and broad range of national, state and local organizations dedicated to long-term care. In this assignment, you will critique the benefits and drawbacks of different ways of assessing information, both by professionals and by patients and their families.

Instructions: Contact two national, state, local or professional associations dealing with some aspect of long-term care.

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  • Contact one organization via the Internet and download whatever you find helpful and accessible.
  • Then, complete the Website Evaluation Form.
  • Next, contact the other organization by telephone or mail and ask them to mail material to your address.
  • Track how long it takes to receive the material and how many times it is necessary to call and get a response.
  • Find out what programs, activities, and services the organization offers and the membership requirements.
  • Then, prepare a one-page critique of the organization you contacted by phone.
  • Submit both the Website Evaluation Form and your 1-page summary.
  • assingment 2 Final Project Component

This component of your project requires you to interview three different individuals involved in long term care. It is an important activity and time intensive. Because of this, this activity will receive twice the number of points as usual for a project component.

Interviews.This course project deliverable will introduce you to the daily experiences of people who are either receiving or providing long-term care. You will be exposed to multiple facets of long-term care and how chronic disability affects a person’s emotions, social situation, finances, physical home, and other basic functions of life. You will learn about the breadth of physical and mental conditions and the wide array of supportive arrangements manifested in long-term care.

A. Begin this Final Project Component with an introductory overview of the different types of caregivers, their roles, and the availability of payment (if any) from third-party sources, such as insurance, for these caregivers’ services.

B. Interview the following three types of people (do NOT interview your own family members or friends):

  • A care recipient,
  • A caregiver who is not being paid (family member or friend of the care recipient),
  • And a professional who provides care to people with long-term illnesses (ranging from physicians to in-home assistants). Interviewing people who are part of the same dyad is not necessary.

C. Conclude the Final Project Component with a critique answering the following questions, and taking into account all of the segments of the continuum of care studied to-date: 
(1. Is the client receiving the care he / she needs? 
(2. Are the caregivers able to provide the care needed? Why or why not?
(3. Is another level of care needed? Why or why not? 
If a care recipient/caregiver pair is interviewed, each person should be interviewed alone so that answers are individual.

  • These interviews can be completed in person or over the phone. In person is best.

A list of questions to ask each person is provided below.Your interviews should take between 20-30 minutes. submit a 1-2 page written summary of each interview” and include the following:

  • A short description of the person being interviewed;
  • Responses to most of the questions provided in class (some may be inappropriate or awkward to ask, or just not fit into the flow of the discussion);
  • Your impressions or reactions; and,
  • What you have learned about the existing system of long-term care.

Questions for Interview

Questions for Person Receiving Care

  • What are your major health problems?
  • How many doctors do you see and how often?
  • How long have you had a chronic condition? How long have you needed help?
  • What services do you receive from other people?
  • Who provides those services (e.g., disciplines, organizations, etc.)?
  • Who coordinates your care?
  • What happens if the person or people who care for you are not available?
  • How is care paid for?
  • How has depending on another person affected your social life?
  • How has depending on another person affected you financially?
  • How has depending on another person affected your emotional well-being?
  • What coping techniques would you recommend to a person who has become disabled to enable them to maximize their enjoyment of life?