By David Smith on
5/1/2009 10:43 AM
Because of old age, mental or physical illness, or injury, some people find themselves in need of help with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting or continence, and/or transferring (e.g. getting out of a chair or bed), or assistance due to cognitive impairment. These six things are called Activities of Daily Living sometimes referred to as ADL’s. In general, if you can’t do two or more of these activities, or if you have a cognitive impairment, you are said to need “long term care”.
Long-term care isn’t a very helpful name for this type of situation because it might not last for a long time. Some people who need ADL service may only need it for a few months or less.
Many people think that long-term care is provided exclusively in a nursing home. It can be, but it can also be provided in an adult day care, an assisted living facility, or at home. It also can be offered at a skilled care facility. The distinction between the skilled care facility and the others is important because Medicare and...
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