Age, gender, disability, health status and living arrangements are all factors in deciding if a person needs long-term care, according to the Administration of Community Living. Long-term care covers a wide range of services, most of which are associated with daily living, as opposed to medical care. Long-term care may involve activities of daily living, such as bathing, movement or eating, or assistance with everyday tasks, such as grocery shopping, housework or managing money.Continue Reading
An older person is more likely to need long-term care, notes the Administration of Community Living. However, a person of any age whose life could be improved with assistance should be considered for long-term care. Because women, on average, outlive men by about five years, women are more likely to need long-term care in their later years. Disabilities, especially those caused by illness or accident that prevent a person from carrying out daily tasks, can also help determine if a person needs long-term care. Additionally, living arrangements impact whether a person needs long-term care because someone who lives alone is more likely to need assistance than someone who lives with friends or relatives.
There are alternative options to long-term care such as occupational therapy to enhance self-care skills; home modification to increase ease of mobility; and emergency alert systems such as Life-Alert to increase identification of and response time to emergencies, explains the California Department of Health Care Services.Learn more about Mental Health