Many individuals immediately assume that long term care can only be provided in nursing homes. While they do provide that kind of care, there are still different types of long term care facilities available for people to choose from. It simply depends on the level of care that they need. Categorized below are the different types that offer varying services.

Home care services include:

  • Unpaid care provided by family members or friends who act as caregivers
  • Paid care from a home health aide or homemaker

Community-based care services include:

  • Adult day-care centers
  • Home care agencies
  • Transportation services

Facility-based care services include:

  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living
  • Board and care homes
  • Continuing care retirement communities

Choosing a care provider should depend on your needs and conditions. While those who require minimal assistance can opt for in-home care, people who have more serious ailments that might require special treatment and medical equipment ought to seek care in a long term care facility.