What is Long-Term Care?

Family Caregiving, Personal Finance February 07, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

The phrase "long-term care" describes a variety of services that provide medical and non-medical care to people who have a chronic illness or disability. Long-term care helps meet health or personal needs. Most long-term care is to assist people with support services such as activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom.

Long-term care can be provided at home, in the community, in assisted living, or in nursing homes. It is important to remember that people may need long-term care at any age. It is also possible that they may never need long-term care.

 

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