Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care

What Is Long Term Care?

Long Term Care Services include medical and non-medical care provided to people who have a chronic illness or disability. Long-term care helps meet health or personal needs. Most long term care is to assist people with support services such as activities of daily living. If long-term care cannot be realistically provided at home, some families choose a nursing home.

Nursing homes provide a wide range of personal care and health services. For most people, this care generally is to assist people with support services such as dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom, for people who can't take care of themselves due to physical, emotional, or mental problems.

Skilled nursing facility care is usually paid for by private funds, Medicaid, or long-term care insurance benefits. In specific circumstances, Medicare and other insurance carriers may provide coverage for a period of time.

Choosing a nursing home can be difficult. You may find this checklist helpful.  Medicare is a useful source for information about recent surveys of individual nursing homes.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System has several skilled nursing facilities that provide excellent long-term care:

Last Update

July 12, 2011
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