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What is long-term care and why it matters

It is important to understand the basics of long-term care so you are able to plan for your long-term care needs in the future.

What is long-term care? Long-term care is much more than nursing home care. Long-term care includes help with daily activities such as:

  • bathing
  • dressing 
  • other types of personal care. 

Where do I receive long-term care? You can receive long-term care in many places such as your home, a relative's home or a special facility. As the demand for long-term care grows, the options available are growing.

Who needs long-term care? You may need long-term care, at any time, as you grow older or have a chronic illness or disability. 

Who provides long-term care? Family and close friends provide the majority of long-term care. When they are unable to provide care, you can turn to local community-based programs, home care agencies, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Many people receive care at home from a combination of family, friends, volunteers and paid caregivers.

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