Long term care is something that many people will need as they age. Whether that means getting in-home health care or going to a nursing home, at some point, most people will need some assistance.

Long term care is there to help with providing your loves one support as they age. This may include supporting them with daily tasks such as:

  • Getting to doctors’ appointments
  • Paying bills
  • Maintaining a yard
  • Making repairs
  • Going through counseling
  • Using the bathroom
  • Walking to and from places in the home or elsewhere
  • Answering the phone
  • Eating/feeding/cooking
  • Preventing wandering

The need for this kind of care might develop when a person suffers a serious illness, is injured badly or has a new or worsening disability. A terminal illness may also make it so that the individual needs ongoing care.

It’s believed that around 60% of all people will need help in at least one of the above areas from long term care providers during their lifetimes. How long this care is needed will vary anywhere from a couple of weeks through years.

Long term care providers help with rehabilitation, chronic medical conditions, adult day services, dementia, permanent disabilities, terminal illnesses and many other circumstances. They are there to support the individual and to make sure they have the highest quality of life in their own homes or in other facilities.

If your mom or dad don’t have long term care plans in place, now is the time to talk to them about it. Setting up a long term care plan for them will ensure they are protected as they age.