Differences Between Short and Long-Term Care

Short Term and Long Term Care, What’s the Difference?

Long-Term Care

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.

Short-Term Care

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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About Tony Fischer

As an advocate for elders and their families, Tony has experience in the entire healthcare continuum. He has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, hospice, and non-profits. His vast and unique experience led him to become a consultant that helps clients navigate the senior healthcare system. Tony also works hand and hand with healthcare providers to improve and streamline customer service. The company he founded with his wife Lori, Elder Advocacy Group Inc, advocates for seniors and senior health issues. They do this through the innovative concepts of Life Care Planning and Elder Care Coordination. Through these concepts Tony is able to help elders and their families plan to age successfully on their terms by protecting their right to choose the healthcare services they want provided in the place they want it. Tony shares his talents with other senior advocacy groups like the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council where he advises a non-profit serving seniors in Wayne County, Michigan. He also produces FREE online content for seniors and their families