Where can I Receive Long Term Care?

Many people think long term care refers only to services provided in a nursing home. It is much more than that. Long term care can be delivered at home by family and friends. This care is referred to as “informal care.” People may need more care than families are able to provide and additional resources are required. Often called “formal care,” this care can be given by a number of long term care service providers in various locations depending upon the needs of the individual.

Long term care services can be provided by:

  • Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Physical, Occupations, and Respiratory Therapists
  • Home Health Aides who assist with personal care activities such as bathing and dressing
  • Homemakers who are not trained to provide personal care, but who can help with household and other tasks such as laundry, cooking, and shopping

Long term care services can be provided in many different settings:

  • Your own home
  • An adult day care center
  • A residential care facility
  • A nursing home

The terminology used to describe care settings may vary from state to state.