What is long term care?

Long term care is a blanket term for a wide range of services that are designed to meet medical, personal and social needs in a variety of settings and locations. Below you will find a summary of these services. Click here for a printable version

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Facilities are for those who need some help with daily living but who want to live on their own as much as possible. Such facilities are a step between living completely on your own and living in a nursing home. If you choose assisted living when you are still pretty healthy, you may be able to avoid a nursing home much longer.

Continuing Care Communities

Continuing care communities are like little towns that contain different kinds of housing: apartments, small houses, assisted living homes, and nursing homes. You can move in when you are healthy and active and stay for the rest of your life. As you become older or as your health changes, you continue to receive appropriate types of care.

Home Care

Home care includes services that external agencies provide within recipients' homes.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is for those who are not expected to live more than six months. Hospice care will make you and your family as comfortable as possible. This type of care may be provided in a private home, nursing home, hospital, or assisted living center.Nursing homes are for those who need more nursing care than they normally would receive at home. A nursing home may be the right choice if you are leaving a hospital following an illness (e.g., heart attack) or injury (e.g., a broken bone). Your doctor may feel that you need therapy and more time to recover before you go home.

Nursing Home

Home care includes services that external agencies provide within recipients' homes.

Personal Care/Rest Home

Personal care homes (aka, "rest homes") are for those who need some help but who also can do some things for themselves. For example, you may be able to dress yourself but may need help with meals. A personal care home is not appropriate for those who need skilled nursing care or help with everything. Not all homes provide the same services (bigger homes often provide more).

Retirement Community

Retirement communities usually contain apartments or rooms that don't require much upkeep. This setting might be appropriate for you if you don't want to take care of a house anymore but want to do as much as you can for yourself. The apartments usually come with special equipment, should you need it.

© 2008 State of Utah Department of Human Services. All Rights Reserved.