Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Long Term Care, what is it and who is if for?

To put it simply long term care is a collection of services that can include medical as well as non-medical care for individuals that have chronic illness, a disability or are at a point in their lives where the would like to have daily interaction with folks they can relate to and have the same interests. Quality long term care can assist with your health as well as your personal needs. Typically most long term care providers assist people with their daily activities such as dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom. Long term care can be provided in assisted an living community, at home or in medically equipped nursing homes. It is very important to remember that you can need long term care not only as seniors but at any age.

Hopefully you will never have a need for long term care. In 2010 over nine million men and women over the age of 65 needed long term care assistance. An as a staggering statistic, by 2020 over 12 million senior Americans will have a need for long term care. If possible, folks tend to be cared for at home; most family and friends are the primary caregivers for about 70 percent of our nations elderly. A study by the United States Department of Health and Human Services said that "People who reach age 65 will likely have a 40 percent chance of entering a nursing home". Generally 10 percent of people who enter an assisted living long term care nursing home will stay there five years or more.