Long term care is care that you need if you can no longer perform everyday tasks (activities of daily living) by 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). People often confuse long term care with disability or short-term medical care.
Long term care is not:
- care that you receive in the hospital or your doctor’s office
- care you need to get well from a sickness or an injury
- short-term rehabilitation from an accident
- recuperation from surgery
This type of care is not intended to cure you. It is chronic care that you might need for the rest of your life. You can receive long term care in your own home, a nursing home or another long term care facility, such as an assisted living facility.