Defining Long Term Care
As we age, we become susceptible to many conditions and illnesses. However, often enough these aren’t ailments that threaten our lives and require constant medical attention. Rather, they are things that simply make everyday life a struggle. Mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s or physical debilitation like Parkinson’s can limit your ability to function independently. Long Term Care, instead of being just medical treatment, gives you the assistance you need to accomplish your daily goals, even if those goals include simply getting up in the morning.
The supervision you require can be given in a Long Term Care Facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living residence, or a nurse or other care professional can visit your home. The degree to which your life needs some help can be determined, with a visitor coming to help you with the aspects of your schedule that give you the most difficulty.
The goal of Long Term Care is to maximize your independence by reducing the time and effort some of your more difficult activities might take as a result of some condition. The time you have free should best be left up to you and not a crippling medical condition.