How is Long-Term Care Different from Traditional Medical Care?
Medical care is for shorter-term, acute care: it has the goal of curing us of an illness or fixing us and getting us back to normal. The goal of long-term care is not to cure an illness but to allow us to attain and maintain an optimal level of functioning.
Long-term care encompasses a wide array of medical, social, personal, and specialized housing services needed by individuals who have lost some capacity for self care.
Individuals who require long-term care are generally not sick in the traditional medical sense. They do, however, require assistance to perform the activities of daily living, or they require supervision due to cognitive impairment.