As the population ages and individuals survive longer, chronic illness is increasing. There is a social movement to decrease institutionalization in nursing homes in favor of keeping patients in their own communities. Do you agree or disagree with the rationale and premises of this movement? Defend your position from a biopsychosocial standpoint.
Ideally, formal long-term care services can enable individuals and their families to maintain independence as long as possible. If you had a close family member living with mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease, what types of services and level of intensity would you select for them? Defend your position.
What are your feelings, experiences, and ideas about palliative care? About hospice care? How can you use definitions and information from professional organizations and published reports to inform you about palliative, hospice, and end-of-life care? Given that information, then how do you define palliative care?
Chronic Illness and Mental Health.
Larsen, P.D., Whitney, F.W. (2016). Chronic Illness: Impact and Intervention. (9th edition). Burlington, MA Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 978-1284049008
American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. (5th ed). Washington, D.C. APA. http://proxy1.calsouthern.edu/login?url=http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/book.aspx?bookid=556 ISBN-13: 978-0890425558