What is Long Term Care

Many people think “Long Term Care” means a nursing home. In fact, Long Term Care includes a wide continuum of care situations. Some people receive Long Term Care in an Assisted Living Facility, others attend an Adult Day Care Facility, and for many, Long Term Care can also be received in your own home.

The level of care depends on several factors. These include the type of impairment, the severity of impairment, and in some cases, the ability to pay for care.

Long Term Care services may be necessary at any age. The following are three of the most common reasons for Long Term Care:

•Short Term Medical Treatment – Long Term care may be needed when an individual is recovering from surgery or other temporary conditions. For many, Long Term Care helps leaving the hospital and going home.
•Accidents and Injuries – Acute conditions such as broken hips, strokes, disabling accidents and heart attacks often require a longer period of Long Term Care.
•Chronic Illness – Ongoing conditions such as dementia, emphysema or even functional decline (due to the aging process) will result in an extended need for Long Term Care services.
Long Term care services are generally custodial and personal in nature. Because neither Medicare nor medical insurance pay for any custodial care, this should be a major concern to you.