Before we can successfully create a plan, we must first answer the very basic question: “What is long term care?”

Long term care refers to the services and support that an individual might need to maintain his or her quality of life in the event of illness, disability, or sudden impairment. This type of care covers the assistance in completing the Activities of Daily Living or ADL. These tasks include the following:

  1. Eating
  2. Bathing
  3. Dressing
  4. Toileting
  5. Continence
  6. Transferring

While the definition of long term care might lead some people to think that it is the same as medical care, these two are different. On one hand, medical care concentrates on treating the illness in order to improve health. On the other hand, long term care focuses more on maintaining the person’s functionality and routine.

Other forms of long term care services include support in completing everyday tasks called Instrumental Activities of Daily Living or IADL such as:

  1. Household chores
  2. Medication management
  3. Meal preparation
  4. Grocery shopping
  5. Making phone calls
  6. Caring for pets