A Wide Range of Services
Long-term care encompasses the organization, delivery and financing of a broad range of services and assistance to people who are severely limited in their ability to function independently on a daily basis over a relatively long period of time of 90 days or more.
Functional dependency can result from either physical or mental limitations and is defined in terms of:
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s): The inability to perform essential activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, getting into or out of bed, and moving about the house, or
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s): Activities necessary to remain independent, known as instrumental activities of daily living, such as shopping, cooking, doing laundry, managing household finances, and housekeeping.
Continuum of Care
Long-term care services are coordinated across a continuum of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, supportive and maintenance services that address the health, social and personal needs of individuals who have restricted self-care capabilities.
Long-term care services may be by formal or informal support systems and may be continuous or intermittent. These services can be provided in their home, community based settings, alternative care facilities or in nursing homes.
What Long-Term Care is NOT!
Long-term care is not medical care. It's generally not provided by doctors, registered nurses or other skilled medical professionals. It’s not intended to cure a disease and it is not provided in a hospital.
An important first step in planning for the future long-term care needs of yourself and your family is gaining a better understanding of long-term care.
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