Understanding Long-Term Care
When people of any age need others to help them with medical, physical, or emotional needs over an extended period of time, they need long-term care.
If a person needs ongoing medical care or is unable to perform everyday self-care activities such as bathing, dressing, or grocery shopping, long-term care may be required. Experts estimate that approximately 10 million Americans need long-term care in any given year.
Long-term-care services may be provided in the home of the person who needs it, a family member’s home, or an assisted-living facility, hospice, or nursing home. Family and friends are the sole caregivers for more than three-quarters of elderly adults.