Long-term care management is the administration of health services over an extended period of time. Some long-term care can last a lifetime, while other programs are meant to simply help phase out a treatment program or meet certain health goals over a few weeks or months.
Those with chronic diseases, mental illness, life-threatening illness, aging-related health issues, or other special needs seek out long-term care providers to help them create a plan for long-term treatment. These patients need more than occasional doctor visits or time in the hospital; they are dealing with conditions that need constant monitoring and treatment. Long-term health care management entails more than management of a facility. While managers may be performing long-term administrative duties in hospitals or clinics, they may not be based in these institutions at all. Some long-term health care is based in patients’ homes, in nursing homes, or in mental health facilities. Long-term management requires foresight, perspective, health care expertise, and the ability to plan and implement treatment procedures for months to years.
Students in long-term health care management programs will learn about long-term health care and principles of management. The difference between a health care management program and a long-term health care management program is that a long-term program will focus more on chronic health issues and long-term scheduling for individual patients, rather than administration of entire hospitals or clinics. Long-term health care management programs will help students prepare to work directly with individual patients or entire health organizations, always with a focus on long-term care.