Introduction to Long-term Care

Long-term care includes medical and non-medical care to people who have a chronic illness or disability. Long-term care helps meet health or personal needs in a variety of settings or locations to enable a person to live as independently as possible.
It is important to remember that long-term care could be needed at any age and that most people will receive some form of long-term care services within their lifetime. Consumers of long-term care services include the elderly and adults and children with disabilities.

Understanding long-term care services and your possible need for services can help you maximize your independence and functioning at a time when you may not be fully independent due to a sudden illness, chronic condition or accident.  

This training provides a general introduction to long-term care services and options for accessing services and supports in Wisconsin.

Filed under: Benefits Counseling, Benefits Specialists, Long-term Care, Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Wisconsin Long-term Care Program, Wisconsin IRIS Program, Wisconsin Managed Care Organizations

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