What Is Long-Term Care?

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Long-term care is a range of services and supports you may need to meet your health or personal care needs over a long period of time. Most long-term care is not medical care, but rather assistance with the basic personal tasks of everyday life, sometimes called Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Using the toilet
  • Transferring (to or from bed or chair)
  • Caring for incontinence
  • Eating

Other common long-term care services and supports are assistance with everyday tasks, sometimes called Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) including:

  • Housework
  • Managing money
  • Taking medication
  • Preparing and cleaning up after meals
  • Shopping for groceries or clothes
  • Using the telephone or other communication devices
  • Caring for pets
  • Responding to emergency alerts such as fire alarms

BRIGHT IDEA: Location matters.

Consider where you live and whether some of these tasks could be made easier by modifying your home accordingly or moving. You can learn more in our housing considerations section.


almost 2 years ago, said...

(Whoops! Hit send too quickly ;). Wonderful topic. We all deserve care as we age. And what a great time for families to reconnect! Let's use an example. You're visiting Mom in Idaho and you realize there are months of bills laying around. Her memory is going. She deserves extra help and attention at home. Long-term care is that help. it can come in many forms. First, you can hire someone to come to her home. This person can differ in their profession. They could be a nurse, health aid or social worker. All play a role. Second, you or a family member could spend time with your mother to care for them. Over 40% of Americans have this arrangement. Third, you can look to support outside of the home. This is where nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other arrangements arise. Hope this helps!


almost 2 years ago, said...

Wonderful topic. We all deserve care as we age. And what a great time for families to reconnect! Let's use an example. You're visiting Mom in Idaho and you realize there are months of bills laying around. Her memory is going.