Acute and long-term care are two significantly different health service delivery models designed to meet different patient needs. Acute care facilities generally deal with immediate, generally urgent, medical needs, focusing on stabilizing the patient and discharging them as soon as possible. In contrast, long-term care facilities take an ongoing approach to care, as patients are often considered residents for varying periods of time.
To prepare for this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider your experience preparing for the Week 2 Application Assignment.
By Day 4
Post a comprehensive response to the following: 300 words
- What are at least two similarities and two differences between traditional hospital and nursing-home settings? What are some of the important practical effects of the similarities and differences?
- What are some of the alternatives to historical long-term care-delivery models?