Understanding Long Term Care Options

In-Home Care

Professional caregivers hired through an in-home care agency provide companionship and assistance with activities of daily living (bathing and dressing, housekeeping, meal preparation, etc.) in the patient’s own home.

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Home Care Services

Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities can provide both short-term respite and long-term services for seniors who require an increased level of supervision and assistance with daily tasks, but do not need skilled nursing care.

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Assisted Living Communities

Memory Care

Memory care is a type of assisted living that is specifically designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. These communities employ staff who have been trained in dementia care and feature added security measures to ensure the residents’ safety.

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Memory Care Communities

Independent Living

Independent living communities are ideal for active seniors who are able to live alone safely and maintain their own personal care. Most provide housekeeping services and chef-prepared meals so residents can focus on enjoying a wide range of social events, amenities and recreational activities.

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Independent Living Communities

Nursing Homes

Skilled nursing facilities are appropriate for patients who require professional medical care and supervision around the clock. In addition to long-term care, many of these facilities also provide short-term rehabilitative care for patients who are recovering from hospitalization, surgery or an illness.

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Nursing Home Facilities

Adult Day Care

Adult day services are a great option for family caregivers who are still working or need a break from providing care. Most adult day care centers offer the opportunity for socialization, engaging activities and nutritious meals. Some centers may provide transportation and basic health care services as well.

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Adult Day Care Centers

Rehabilitation Centers

A senior may require short-term in-patient care at a rehabilitation center following a serious injury or illness. These facilities provide 24/7 medical care and supervision as well as various therapy programs in a residential setting to help patients focus on regaining their maximum functional potential.

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Rehabilitation Centers


Hospice care provides medical, emotional, and spiritual support in lieu of curative treatment for patients who are nearing the end of life. Family members can also benefit from these supportive services, which can be provided in any care setting—a home, hospital, long-term care facility or in-patient hospice house.

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Hospice Care

Elder Care Services

These supportive services are intended to help seniors and their families navigate any situation that may arise throughout the aging and caregiving processes. Sources may assist in locating benefits and resources, managing a loved one’s health care, making funeral arrangements, and estate planning.

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Elder Care Services

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Elder Care Services

Geriatric Care Managers

Also known as “Aging Life Care Professionals,” Geriatric Care Managers guide seniors and their family members through the aging process and/or an illness and advocate for their wellbeing. These specialists can be educated in many aspects of health and human services and help connect clients with programs and resources that apply to their individual situations.

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Elder Law Attorneys

These lawyers specialize in legal issues that pertain to aging, long-term care, healthcare decisions, and estate planning and management. Advance planning at any age ensures you and your loved ones are well prepared and have the proper legal documentation in place for every possible scenario your family may encounter.

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Area Agencies on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) strive to provide senior Americans with financial, social, legal and health information, and programs and services that will help them successfully age in place in their homes and communities. AAAs also support family members and caregivers by offering respite care, counseling, support groups, education and training, referrals to local providers, and other services.

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Funeral Homes

Funeral homes arrange funeral and interment services following the death of a loved one or in advance for those individuals who prefer to preplan. A funeral director can assist in creating personalized arrangements in accordance with the decedent’s wishes including burial or cremation arrangements, memorial services, obituaries, and more.

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Cemeteries are well-maintained grounds where loved ones’ remains are buried or otherwise interred, providing family members with a place to mourn, reflect or pay their respects.

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