Long term care is not care that you receive in the hospital or at your doctor’s office to get well from a sickness or an injury. Nor is it short-term rehabilitation from an accident. Long term care is care that you need if you can no longer perform everyday tasks such as bathing or dressing yourself due to a chronic illness, injury, disability or the aging process. Long term care also includes the supervision you might need due to a severe cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease.
"Most people would like to stay in their own home for as long as possible. Planning for your long term care needs may help you do that".
With today’s care options, it is unlikely that long term care will only take place in a nursing home. As we age, most people would like to stay in their own home for as long as possible. Planning for your long term care needs may help you do that. Multiple options for care are available today, such as:
Because long term care is about you and your family, here are some important questions you might want to consider:
Know what the choices are for long term care. Long term care planning options include:
Few people may be able to manage the conflicting demands of working, taking care of a family and caregiving. Make the time to discuss long term care plans with your family and the extent to which you want to depend on them. And if you’re the adult child of aging parents, this is a conversation you may need to have with them to protect everyone’s future—yours, theirs and possibly your children’s.