WHAT IS LONG TERM CARE?
In the field of gerontology, long term care is generally acknowledged to be the need for care which results from functional impairment. Although it is difficult to measure functional disability, long term care is the ongoing need for help with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). These are defined as follows:
- ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING (ADLs): These activities include bathing, maintaining personal hygiene, dressing, mobility, transferring (moving from bed to chair), toileting, self-administration of medications and eating.
- INSTRUMENTAL ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING (IADLS):These activities include housework/cleaning, shopping, laundry, getting to places out of walking distance, preparing and cooking meals, reheating meals, handling personal business/finances and using the telephone. “Long term care services” refer to a wide variety of in-home and community-based services, as well as institutional care, and are addressed in greater detail throughout this guide.As the system and resources change, Nassau HELP-LINE staff is prepared to offer personalized assistance and clarification when needed.
As the system and resources change, Nassau HELP-LINE staff is prepared to offer personalized assistance and clarification when needed. Call: (516) 227-8900.