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Long-term care

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A stroke is serious, just like a heart attack, so it's important to know the signs of stroke and act quickly if you suspect someone is having one. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Older people are at higher risk. You can take steps to lower your chance of having a stroke.

Stroke

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Long-term care involves a variety of services designed to meet a person's health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time. These services help people live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own.

What Is Long-Term Care?

Older man on exercise equipment with a trainer

Stroke is the number one cause of serious adult disability in the United States. Stroke disability is devastating to the stroke patient and family, but therapies are available to help rehabilitate patients after stroke.Older man on exercise equipment with a trainer

Rehabilitation After Stroke

Caregiver holding an older woman's hands.

A geriatric care manager, usually a licensed nurse or social worker who specializes in geriatrics, is a sort of "professional relative" who can help you and your family to identify needs and find ways to meet your needs.

What Is a Geriatric Care Manager?

Older man with a cane walking with his caregiver from the grocery store

Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. It can be arranged for just an afternoon or for several days or weeks. Care can be provided at home, in a healthcare facility, or at an adult day center.

What Is Respite Care?

Older man writing down long term care plans

You can never know for sure if you will need long-term care. Maybe you will never need it. But an unexpected accident, illness, or injury can change your needs, sometimes suddenly. The best time to think about long-term care is before you need it.

Planning for Long-Term Care

Older woman in a nursing home with a care provider's hand on her shoulder

A nursing home, also known as a skilled nursing facility, provides a wide range of health and personal care services.

Choosing a Nursing Home