Long-term care, or social care as it is known in some countries, describes services designed to meet the needs of a person living with dementia – whether they be health or personal care needs. The focus on long-term care is ensuring that an individual can live independently and safely as possible in their place of residence, especially when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own.
Long-term care can be provided in different places by a variety caregivers, depending on a person’s needs. Most long-term care is provided at home by unpaid family members and friends. Long-term care can also be provided in a nursing or residential homes – or in the community, in an adult day care centre, for example.
During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant and negative impact on people living in long-term care, particularly those individuals with dementia. ADI was quick to shine a light on this, focusing one of our COVID webinars on this important subject in June 2020. In addition, ADI contributed to a key international paper looking at the Impact and mortality of COVID-19 on people living with dementia.
Further information on long-term care and COVID-19 can be found on the LTC-COVID website.