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Integration of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Medication in Long-Term Care

  • Lee Hyer
  • Shalija Shah
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Use of long-term care (LTC) facilities has become a necessary alternative in the health armamentarium in all developed countries. In the United States, 24#x0025; die in nursing homes (Porock et al., 2005). Although only 5% of individuals over age 65 are living in LTC facilities at any given point in time, nearly 40% will spend at least some portion of their lives there (U.S. Census Bureau, 2002). Annually almost 2& million adults are admitted to one of 16,800 nursing homes in the United States (Hyer & Ragan, 2002; Rhoades #x0026; Krauss, 1999). The recent growth of assisting living facilities too – now estimated at over 36,000 facilities serving about one million residents (Stefanacci, 2005) — complements these nursing homes within the spectrum of LTC settings.

Nursing homes themselves are now mini-medical facilities, functioning not as “homes” but as hospitals from the perspective of the residents (Bergman-Evans, 2004). In this regard, LTC environments present residents with many...

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