Long Term Care | The Basics

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What is Long Term Care?

Long-term care encompasses various services that help support older adults’ needs with a chronic illness or disability that limits their ability to consistently care for themselves. These limitations can both medical and non-medical, but they typically mean the senior requires continual supervision, if not skilled care in some form.

Most long-term care facilities help residents with daily living activities that are essential to their well-being. This can include dressing, bathing, using the bathroom, transferring, and eating. To qualify for long-term care, applicants must be at least 65 years of age and be unable to perform one or several of these or related living activities without substantial assistance.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, there are over 2,000 long-term care homes in Canada. Of those facilities, 46% are publicly owned, and 54% are privately owned (this information doesn’t account for private for-profit or not-for-profit long-term care homes in Quebec, as information wasn’t available at the time of this writing).