Capstone Checkpoint

Stephanie Clancy
Christopher Sites

Long-term care has become a crucial policy issue. The aging Americans and their part of the nation’s population are increasing, and Americans who reach 65 are living longer. The discussion over long-term care by policymakers and members of the public has declined and arose during the past three decades. More Americans and their leaders face the problem of how to meet the requirements of the elderly with continuing disabilities in the United States.
The ethical dilemma that this issue poses is the benefits of treatments that the elderly need vary immensely. Whatever the long-term care the elderly need will be based on what healthcare they have and how much their healthcare will pay. If their healthcare only pays for a certain amount and the elderly do not have the means to pay the rest, then they do not get what they need.
As a leader in a human service organization, I would respond to this issue by going to congress or whoever else I can go to and fight for the elderly. I would let them know that the healthcare that they are getting is not enough because some of them cannot pay for certain medical procedures because they just do not make enough money. Therefore, they could get worse or even die without that procedure. I would make them see or at least show them statistics of how many elderly have gotten worse or even died from not getting the procedure needed.

Stone, Robyn I. (2000). Long-term Care for the Elderly with Disabilities: Current Policy, Emerging Trends, and Implications for the Twenty-First Century.