Saturday, October 6, 2012

What is Long Term Care?


Long-term care (LTC) includes a range of services and supports you may need to meet your health or personal needs over a long period of time.

What is Long Term Care?
By Bob DeMarco 
 Alzheimer's Reading Room

I thought you might find the National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information of interest.

Most long-term care is not medical care, but rather assistance with the basic personal tasks of everyday life, sometimes called “Activities of Daily Living."

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Interesting information in the LTC Clearing House websites includes:

Understanding long-term care services and your possible needs. This section includes a list of services and supports you might need as your age. For more information go here -- Understanding LTC.

Planning ahead for long term care. About 70 percent of people over age 65 require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime. For more information go here -- Planning for LTC.

The average costs for long-term care in the United States (in 2010) are:
  • $205 per day or $6,235 per month for a semi-private room in a nursing home
  • $229 per day or $6,965 per month for a private room in a nursing home
  • $3,293 per month for care in an assisted living facility (for a one-bedroom unit)
  • $21 per hour for a home health aide
  • $19 per hour for homemaker services
  • $67 per day for services in an adult day health care center
For more information on costs go here -- Costs Associated with LTC.

This LTC website also includes information on resources and more.



Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room