What Do I Need to Know about Long Term Health Care?

by Mary
(Naples, FL)

Long Term Health Care

Long Term Health Care

Because I work in a long term care facility, I am aware of the often constantly changing needs of individuals dealing with natural aging or disease processes. I often counsel families regarding long-term health care.


Long term health care defines healthcare services that are often necessary as we age. It focuses mainly on long-term disabilities or declining health that occurs due to either natural aging processes or disease processes.

It's not acute or short-term, but defines a condition that can last two years, five years, or even 10 years.

Basically, long term health care defines and refers to an individual with a disability, a chronic illness, or some other type of condition (such as Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia) that may cause that person to require additional help and assistance in activities of daily living (dressing, eating, and bathing for example) as time goes on.

For example, my elderly mother has recently been struggling with a gradual cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's, and because I can't be home all the time to provide care, I know that I will eventually need to make a decision whether to have in home health care provided on a long term basis, or determine when it’s time to consider other options such as a move into a long term care facility.

Either way, the decision isn't easy. Still, understanding long term health care and the needs associated with it not only helped me, will help others determine when it's time to make a change.

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