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What is Long-Term Care?

Long-term care includes a wide variety of settings and services which are available to meet people's special needs.

For example, someone recovering from surgery who no longer needs to see a doctor everyday may be discharged to a nursing home to complete the recovery process. A stroke or accident victim can receive nursing care and speech, physical and occupational therapy at a skilled nursing facility before returning home or to a lower level of care. A person who requires assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing and bathing, but doesn't need 24-hour nursing, may choose a residential care facility or a large assisted living community.

Other options include respite care and adult day health care to ease the burden on family caregivers, special Alzheimer's programs, services for persons with developmental disabilities, mental health care, and home and community based care.