What is long-term care?

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Long-term care refers to a continuum of medical and social services designed to meet the needs of people living with chronic health problems that affect their ability to perform everyday activities. Long-term care services include traditional medical services, social services and counseling. The goals of long-term care are much more difficult to measure than the goals of acute care. While the primary goal of acute care is to return an individual to a previous functioning level, long-term care aims to prevent deterioration and promote social adjustment to stages of decline.
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