Glossary


Long term Care

The assistance required by an individual who has a chronic illness or disability that leaves him or her unable to care for him- or herself for an extended period of time. This illness or disability may be physical or mental in nature. Frequently, one receives long term care after one recovers as much as possible from an accident or illness. Long term care may be provided in the individual's own home, in an adult day care facility, or in a residential care facility (e.g., an assisted living facility, a skilled nursing facility). Such care includes both skilled nursing care and custodial care, and may be required by individuals of any age.