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Long Term Care vs. Short Term Care: What are the Differences? | Blog

What is the Difference Between Long Term Care and Short Term Care?

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Families want the correct and best type of care for their senior loved ones who need some extra help. Fortunately, there are many great facilities and care teams that can help, but it is important to understand the differences in the types and levels of care available. 

The first question in this situation is whether the senior will need short-term or long-term care. These services have different purposes and they vary in their length, services, and the ultimate goals of the care. Continue reading to learn more about short and long-term care homes. 

What is Short-Term Care?

The idea of short-term care is to assist seniors recovering from illness, surgery, or injury, which could last from a few days to multiple months. Of course, the idea is to provide care until they can care for themselves again or their regular caretaker can once again take them over for their general needs. This service is typically provided right in the patient’s home and may include skilled and unskilled care. 

What is Long-Term Care?

Long-term care on the other hand is designed to care for seniors for an extended period when they are suffering from a chronic health condition and need ongoing care. This is a service that will often be needed in cases of Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s disease, after a stroke and other types of impactful health conditions. 

This service can be provided in a patient’s home or long-term care homes, and it may involve unskilled care, but most cases will need skilled caretakers to manage the patient’s needs. Some seniors may be able to stop or leave a long-term care home in certain cases, but it will often be a service that will be needed for the rest of their life. 

The Goal of Care

From the above descriptions, the largest difference between these two types of care is the overall goal of the care. Short-term care is designed to be goal oriented to help seniors get back to their normal life and resume their usual activities. Whereas, the ultimate goal of long-term care homes is to manage the needs of seniors and preserve their health and quality of life as much as possible. 

Services Provided

Another major difference between these two types of care is the exact type of care provided. Short-term care is designed to focus on immediate medical and cleaning needs while the senior is recovering. Long-term care is much more involved and will also include personal care, therapeutic services, and medical care. This is why many families opt to place their family members in a long-term care facility where their needs can be properly met. 

Rehabilitation can be a part of both types of care, but in the short term, the idea is to help the senior regain independence. With long-term care, the goal of rehabilitation is to lessen pain and improve mobility where possible. 

Are You Searching for Short-Term or Long-Term Care for a Loved One?

If you are searching for short-term or long-term care for your senior loved one, then Symphony Senior Living is here to help. We understand how much you love your family member and we promise to reflect that in how we care for them. We have both short-term and long-term care options available for whatever care your loved one may need. Our short-term care can help get them back on their feet or our long-term care can give them a great quality of life while living with medical difficulties. If you have any questions about our services, you can contact us at (437) 214-1608.


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