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Long Term Care Planning

Nearly two out of every three Americans will need assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, walking, dressing, and toileting, at some point in their lives whether due to illness or disability. Long-term care is a variety of services and supports to meet health or personal care needs over an extended period of time. While long-term care is often associated with nursing homes, the truth is that most care is actually provided at home. Many of the programs and services that help people remain in their homes and communities are provided through the Older Americans Act.

Older Americans Act

Older Americans Act (OAA) programs provide home and community-based services through state, tribal, and local agencies in each state to individuals age 60 and over. In addition, the OAA provides support to family caregivers. Services include, but are not limited to information & assistance, personal care, nutrition services, transportation, and adult day care. To learn more about OAA services and to locate programs in your area enter your ZIP code or city and state in the search bar at the top of this page or speak with an information specialist at the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.

National Resources

The resources provided here are intended to assist individuals in planning for their current and/or future long-term care needs.

Long Term provides information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care.

NIA-Long Term Care

Long term care information from the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. – Long-Term Care

This web page provides general information on long-term care options.

Advance Care Planning Fact Sheets

Eldercare Locator fact sheets designed to assist you in making plans now for the care you want when you have a serious illness.

Guide to Long Term Care for Veterans

The Guide provides information about long term care options - home and community based, and residential care.