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What is long-term care?

Long term care is any kind of personal care provided on an extended basis for people who need help with certain activities of daily living. It can include feeding, bathing, dressing, etc., and it can be provided at home, in a community center, an assisted care facility or in a nursing home.
Long-term care is assisting people with everyday needs such as bathing, dressing, eating, going to the toilet and maintaining general hygiene and comfort. The clinical term for this is activities of daily living (ADL).

If you find an aging loved one starting to have one or more ADL issues, he or she probably already requires some long-term care. Cognitive as well as physical impairments also necessitate everyday care, which ranges from simple reminders to hands-on bathing and skilled nursing. Essentially, your loved one is going to need some form of regular daily care for the rest of his or her life.

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