Long-Term Care: What’s Your Plan?
October is Long-Term Care Planning Month. If you're a senior and haven't started planning, it's time to begin! Plan now while you have time to choose how and where you receive care, if needed, in the future. That's something your family will also appreciate.
What exactly is long-term care?
Long-term care refers to services and support you may need to meet your personal care needs. Most long-term care is not medical care, but rather assistance with the basic personal tasks of everyday life, sometimes called Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). These include bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking), eating, and maintaining continence.
Who needs long-term care?
70% of people age 65+ can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives. Women are more likely to need long-term care than men because they outlive men by an average of five years.
Who provides long-term care?
Many people receive long-term care from family or friends in the comfort of their home. Also, services are offered by public and private organizations, such as home care agencies: home-delivered meals, supervised adult day programs, plus the assistance of visiting nurses, therapists, or home care aides.
Some people decide to move to a long-term care facility, including:
- Continuing care retirement communities, which typically offer services such as housekeeping and dining
- Assisted living, for people who need help with personal care like bathing or getting dressed
- Around-the-clock care at a nursing home for people with greater health-related needs
Who pays for long-term care?
Long-term care can be costly, and most health insurance plans, Medicare, and even Medicaid don't cover many fees.
Planning on planning long-term care?
Make the Los Angeles Jewish Home part of your long-term care plan. Our senior-focused Connections to Care® program can connect you to the type of long-term care you may need: residential care, independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer's disease and dementia care, and skilled nursing.
Even though October is Long-Term Care Planning Month, in reality, every month should be. Because the best time to plan for long-term care is before you need it. The best time is now!
To learn more about long-term care at the Jewish Home, click here or call our Connections to Care® hotline at (855) 227-3745.