What is Long-Term Care?
Long-term care is a range of services and supports you may need to meet your personal care (also called custodial care) Non-skilled service or care, such as help with bathing, dressing, eating, getting in and out of bed or chair, moving around, and using the bathroom. needs. Most long-term care is not medical care, but rather assistance with the basic personal tasks of everyday life.
Long-Term care may include:
- Changes to your home to make it safer, more comfortable, and easier to get around
- Technology that helps you stay independent
- Help with housekeeping, meals, and personal care like bathing or getting dressed
- Skilled medical care provided by a nurse or other health care professional
Why is Care Coordination important?
Planning ahead for Long-Term Care is important because the chances of individuals receiving long-term care services increase as they live beyong the age of 65. More than half of the people over the age of 65 require some services, and the likelihood of needing care increases as people age.
This helps those in need of long-term care to understand:
- What service options are available in their community
- What special conditions may apply for receiving services
- What services cost
- And what payment options – public and private – apply
By planning ahead, you may be able to save your assets and income for uses other than long-term care, including preserving the quality of life for your spouse or other loved ones.
For many people planning for long-term care can be a daunting task because they don't know where to start. In order to make long-term care planning not seem overwhelming, certified counselors at the Area Agency on Aging are standing by to assist potential clients and navigate them through the process.
Services are limited and based upon availability of funding and eligibility.