Long Term Care Vs. Short Term Care in Peoria, IL

Learn what distinguishes long term care from short term care.

There are many reasons a senior may need somebody to help them with activities of daily life. In some situations, this care may take place over a short period of time, and other times a senior may require assistance for much longer, perhaps even for the remainder of their time on earth. Within the senior care industry, these two "types" of assistance are known as short term care and long term care.

When it comes to services provided, short and long term care are quite similar. They both are designed to accommodate an individual's need for physical, mental, social, and emotional requirements. Many of the supports provided allow a senior to accomplish tasks that were once quite simple and that many people take for granted. These include such daily living tasks as moving safely from one location to another, doing the laundry, and preparing meals. Other supports may include medication management, transportation, and personal care, such as toileting, eating, bathing, grooming, and dressing.

Both long and short-term supports are available in commercial facilities, such as nursing homes and skilled care centers, but they can also be provided in a senior's own home by using a professional in-home senior care provider, like Comfort Keepers.

Regardless of the location, short term care is generally utilized when the care can be completed in six months or less. Short term care focuses on a senior's recovery and may include many therapeutic elements of care. Most of this care is relatively heavy in both time and intensity early on, and then it is scaled back as the senior recovers from their condition. Prime examples of short term care use include stroke and cardiac rehabilitation, acute illnesses and injuries, and recovery from surgery.

Long term care refers to care that lasts longer than six months. Long-term care is typically used when a senior suffers from a chronic or progressive health issue that is not going to be cured. While therapies may still be included in care, the primary focus of long-term care is often on accommodations, pain management, and maintaining a high quality of life.

Most insurance companies, including Medicare, have different rules for short and long term care. Since statistics show that nearly 75 percent of seniors will require some degree of short or long term care by the age of 70, it is important that they understand what is covered, what is not, and what options are available. This is especially important if seniors want to make sure they have the option to choose in-home care, and that they are free to contract with an in-home care provider of their choice. 


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