Long Term Care
Long-term care involves a comprehensive range of services and support for patients who need assistance to meet their personal care or health needs. These services can be beneficial for patients with a chronic illness, injury or disability who are unable to care for themselves for an extended period of time.
Although long-term care is most frequently a service for older adults, patients of any age may need long-term care, especially following serious injury or debilitating illness. Long-term care may be provided in a facility, such as a nursing home or rehabilitation center, or in a patient's home.
Reasons for Long-Term Care
Patients often need long-term care when they have a progressive health condition or disability that leaves them weakened or incapacitated. The need for long-term care may also arise suddenly following a major injury such as from a serious car accident, or an acute health crisis such as having a heart attack or stroke.
Several factors may increase a patient's risk of needing long-term care, including:
- Age. The likelihood of requiring long-term care generally increases as a person ages, and many people over the age of 65 need some type of long-term care at some point
- Gender. Women are considered at higher risk than men for needing long-term care, primarily because they live an average of 5 to 10 years longer
- Lifestyle. Poor diet and exercise habits usually increase a person's risk for long-term care
- Health status. Patients who have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, are considered at increased risk for long-term care
- Family history. Patients with a family history of chronic conditions may have a greater chance of needing long-term care in the future
Types of Long-Term Care
The duration of long-term care may vary, depending on the patient's specific needs. Some patients only require long-term care services for a few weeks or months, as they recover from a sudden illness or injury. However, in many cases, long-term care will be ongoing to help patients who have been significantly disabled from an acute event such as a stroke or due to a progressive ailment such as Alzheimer's disease.
There are many types of long-term care, including:
- Home care.
- Community services.
- Assisted living facilities.
- Skilled nursing facilities. At Park Avenue our skilled nursing facility offers more extensive care for patients who can no longer receive care at home or in an assisted living facility.
Benefits of Long-Term Care
Long-term care at Park Avenue offers numerous benefits, a continuous presence of medical personnel, rehabilitation services, meals, activities and assistance with all daily care needs. Patients are encouraged to participate in various social and recreational activities. By providing a home-like environment shared with peers , family and friends can feel confident to carry out their daily lives with the knowledge that their loved ones are being cared for in a caring, and professional setting. At Park Avenue we encourage our residents to personalize their rooms, welcome family and friends to visit often, and make this “home”.
To learn more about our Long Term Care Services, please contact us today at 516.431.2600.