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Where do I recieve long-term care?

You can receive long-term care services in many places such as your home, a relative's home or a special facility. As our population ages and people live longer, the demand for long-term care is growing. As the demand for long-term grows, the options available are growing. Here are of the options your community may offer you.

  • Community-based services
    • Adult day care is a program of activities designed to meet the health and social needs of people in a group setting during the day. People often receive this service during the day while their caregivers are at work or when they need a break.
    • Nutrition programs provide meals in group settings in the community.
    • Senior and community centers offer a range of social, educational and recreational activities.
    • Transportation services help you get to and from medical appointments, shopping trips and other community destinations.
  • Facility-based services


    • Adult foster care or family foster care homes provide help with daily activities to people in a small home-like setting or in the home of a foster family.
    • Assisted living facilities provide services to people who need help with daily activities but do not need the level of care provided in a nursing home.
    • Continuing care retirement communities provide campus settings that includes several buildings. Each building provides a different amount of help based on your individual care needs. This allows people who live in the community to move between floors or buildings to meet their changing needs. These settings often attract couples where one person needs more care than the other.
    • Skilled nursing facilities provide care to people who have serious medical conditions or need a great deal of help with daily activities. They also provide care to people with memory loss or those who need end-of-life care.
    • Specially planned apartment buildings offer health and support services to older adults and persons with disabilities.
  • Home-based services
    • Home health care includes visits and care by a nurse or a licensed therapist following orders written by your doctor.
    • Home maintenance and chore services provide assistance with routine household chores both inside and outside the home.
    • Local volunteer-based programs provide a range of services to people in their homes.
    • Nutrition programs deliver meals and groceries to people in their homes.
    • Personal care includes help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and other such activities.

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