What is Long-Term Care?

Long-Term Care is a term used to describe the services and supports relating to the basic care of a person.  This type of care is most often non-medical and does not require a skilled setting.  This care centers around what is mostly referred to as the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). These six points form the foundation of the non-medical care provided when someone is receiving care.

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Transferring (from bed or chair)
  • Continence Care

In addition to the non-medical care, other services provided in a long-term care setting are called Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) these are things that an individual must do to remain independent.

  • Taking Medications
  • Grooming
  • Preparing and cleaning up meals
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Housework
  • Managing Finances

It is important to note that although these IADLs help keep someone independent,  most are not taken into consideration when determining eligibility of benefits from the state, VA or insurance companies.

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