HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*
Long-term care refers to the medical and support services needed to attain an optimal level of physical, social, and psychological functioning by persons who are frail and dependent due to chronic physical or mental impairments. It includes services to prevent avoidable deterioration of health, to treat acute exacerbations of chronic illness, to maintain the greatest possible independence, and to restore the person to the optimal level of functioning that can be sustained. Long-term care is often mistakenly seen as only nursing home care or home health care. It, nevertheless, includes diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic, rehabilitative, supportive, and maintenance services in both
HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*. Long-Term Care of the Elderly. Ann Intern Med. ;100:760–763. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-5-760
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(5):760-763.
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