What is long term care?
Long term care is a variety of services and supports to meet health or personal care needs over an extended period of time. Most long term care is non-skilled personal care assistance, such as help performing everyday Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) which are: Bathing, Dressing, Using the toilet, Transferring (to or from bed or chair), Caring for incontinence, and Eating. The goal of long term care services is to help you maximize your independence and functioning at a time when are unable to be fully independent.
Americans are living longer than ever before. Someone aged 65 today is expected to live to an average of 83.7 years of age.1 At some point, you may experience an injury or illness that leads to a need for long term care1.
1. “Health, United States, 2006 with Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.” U.S Department of Health and Human Services. September 2006.