What to Know About Long-Term Care


Long-term care services are intended to provide people with support on a continuing or permanent basis. These services take many forms and include in-home care, assisted living facilities, and community services.

In-home care is the most popular form of long-term care. It includes home health aide services, private duty nursing care, companionship, and other services.

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These services can be tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

Some care workers assist with everyday living activities, such as bathing, grooming, and using the bathroom. Others may offer light housekeeping or assist with meal preparation. Nursing care, like medication management and disease treatment, can also be provided in the home.

Community-based services are another type of long-term care. These services are intended to supplement in-home care and make it easier for adults to live independently. Examples include adult daycare centers, respite care, and senior centers.

Some individuals that require in-home care may need full-time support. These people may benefit from residential care facilities, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Many people that live in long-term care facilities require daily support and assistance.

The U.S. Administration on Aging has an Eldercare Locator that makes it easy to find long-term care services in your area. You can visit an Eldercare Locator online to help find long-term care providers.