Long Term - Custodial Care
Long Term - Custodial Care services include 24 hour skilled nursing care. This unit is designed to meet the needs of residents who are chronically ill or need very special nursing care services such as : Wound Care, Tube Feeding, Diabetic Treatments and Monitoring. This area is home to 74 residents. Private and semi-private rooms are available.
Long-term care includes a wide range of medical and support services provided over an extended period of time. Long-term care is not limited to the elderly; in fact, 43% of individuals requiring long-term care are younger than the age of 65. The vast majority of long-term care recipients are older, however, with a projected seven out of ten people over the age of 65 requiring some form of long-term care services in their lifetime. By the time an individual reaches the age of 75, there’s a 50% chance they’ll need long-term care.
Long-term care may be temporary or permanent. It all depends upon the underlying reason for the care.
Reasons for temporary long-term care (weeks or months) can include:
Rehabilitation after a hospital stay
Rehabilitation after a surgical procedure
Recovery from an injury or illness
End of life medical services
Reason for permanent (on-going) long-term care (months and years) can include:
Chronic severe pain
Chronic medical conditions
Need for supervision
Need for assistance with activities of daily living
Cognitive impairment such as that caused by brain injury, Alzheimer’s or dementia
The need for long-term care can be instantaneous, such as after a car accident, a stroke or heart attack. Generally, however, it develops gradually, as individuals age and become frailer or as an illness or disability worsens.
Although it is difficult to predict who will need long-term care and for how long the care will be required, several factors increase the risk of the needing long-term care:
As individuals age, they become frailer.
Women live longer and often require long-term care for a period extending twice as long as that of men.
Marital status affects the need for care.
Single individuals are more likely to need a paid care provider.
Lifestyle and habits, including poor diet and lack of exercise, increase an individual’s risk.
Health and family history also come into play.
Most long-term care is provided by family members, friends and volunteers, all generally unpaid. In fact, it is estimated that 80-90% of all long-term care provided in the home is done so without compensation.