Long Term Care Information

A new web site developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs has been posted. It is called the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information.

Although most of us are reluctant to think about the potential need for long-term care services, such as help with basic daily activities like bathing, dressing or using the bathroom independently, about 60 percent of people over age 65 will require some long-term care services at some point in their lives.

The new web site provides a wide range of information about understanding, planning and paying for long-term care. It includes links to other sites that may prove to be useful to you, including a site put up by Michigan concerning Adult Day Care and another on Alzheimer's Disease put up by the National Institute on Aging.

The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information is primarily intended as an information and planning resource for individuals who don't yet require long-term care, but it includes information on services and financing options that can be helpful to all individuals.