Short Term and Long Term Care, What’s the Difference?
Long term care is the type of care most people associate with nursing homes. Although that is a type of long term care service, there are many other services that are also fall into that category.
Services designed to provide care at home are also considered long-term care. Assistance with bathing, meal preparations and home chores are all considered part of the long term care service model. These types of services are paid either out-of-pocket,with Medicaid or long-term care insurance.
With the exception of nursing home services, long term care services are usually not physician directed.
These are the types of services most people associate with health care. Doctors office visits, hospital stays and physical therapy services are all examples of short-term care.
There is a type of service offered within a nursing home that qualifies as short-term. Sub-acute rehab is an extension of the some of the services given at the hospital. It provides rehabilitation and nursing services for patients who need more recovery time.
Short-term care is usually covered by Medicare or third-party insurance. It is also usually physician directed meaning that a doctor must order services and the outcomes of those treatments.
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