What is Long Term Care?
To be clear, let’s define long term care.
We’re not talking about a hospital stay for a new hip or needing physical therapy for injuries following a car accident – that’s skilled care, or the type of care we get from doctors, nurses, or therapists.
Most long term care is non-medical help for the normal activities of daily living (ADL’s); think about the things you do in the first 20 minutes of your day – getting out of bed, bathing, eating, or dressing. It is also supervision for dementia so we are kept safe in our surroundings. This type of care is called custodial care, and is often provided by home health aides or even family members.