Our 2013 NC Consumer Guide to Long-Term Care is intended to provide basic information about a variety of long-term care services, including how to find services, how to pay for them, how to evaluate them, and how to advocate for improved quality.
Also see our Fact Sheet on How to Find Long-Term Care Services.
What is Long-Term Care?
Long-term care, sometimes referred to as long-term care services and supports, refers to any assistance over a prolonged period to help address social, psychological, environmental, medical, or financial needs.
Long-term care often includes assistance witactivities of daily living (ADLs).Activities of daily living are fundamental life tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting (e.g., getting to/from and on/off the toilet), and mobility (e.g., getting around or transferring from a bed to a chair/wheelchair).Long-term care can also include assistance with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), e.g., housekeeping, meal preparation/cleanup, shopping, accessing transportation, running errands, using the telephone/computer, and banking/managing money.
There is a spectrum of long-term care services, from receiving limited assistance in your home to receiving around-the-clock care in a skilled nursing facility. The level of care you require may increase and decrease over time. However, all long-term care should be tailored to your individual needs and preferences.
The North Carolina system of long-term services and supports is complicated and confusing. Figuring out how to get quality services that fit your needs can be difficult. Our Consumer Guide to Long-Term Care is designed to educate and empower you to select the most appropriate services to meet your needs and maintain independence, choice, dignity, and quality of life.