Long Term Care

Long-term care is a variety of services that includes medical and non-medical care to people who have a chronic illness or disability. Long-term care helps meet health or personal needs. Most long-term care is to assist people with support services such as activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom. Long-term care can be provided at home, in the community, in assisted living or in nursing homes. It is important to remember that you may need long-term care at any age.

You may never need long-term care. This year, about nine million men and women over the age of 65 will need long-term care. By 2020, 12 million older Americans will need long-term care. Most will be cared for at home; family and friends are the sole caregivers for 70 percent of the elderly. A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that people who reach age 65 will likely have a 40 percent chance of entering a nursing home. About 10 percent of the people who enter a nursing home will stay there five years or more.

(Supplied by Medicare.gov: http://www.medicare.gov/longtermcare/static/home.asp on 3/17/10)

Performance Key

within the top 10% in nation at or better than national average below national average NA = Data is not applicable
Number of Long Term Care Patients             # #   # #
April '09 - December '09 NA NA   NA NA  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA   NA NA  
Percent of long-stay residents given influenza vaccination % %   % %
April '09 - December '09 100 99   94 91  
January '10 - June '10  NA NA         
Percent of long-stay residents who were assessed and given
pneumococcal vaccination                                                
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 97 98   95 89  
January '10 - June '10  NA  NA        
Percent of long-stay residents whose need for help with
daily activities has increased
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 13 4   13 14  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of long-stay residents who have moderate
to severe pain                                                 
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 3 1   4 3  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of high-risk long-stay residents who have
pressure sores                                                         
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 9 6   7 11  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of low-risk long-stay residents who have
pressure sores                                                        
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 1 0   2 2  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of long-stay residents who were physically
restrained                                                         
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 6 0   1 3  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of long-stay residents who are more depressed or
anxious                                                                     
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 17 13   16 14  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of low-risk long-stay residents who lose
control of their bowels or bladder                                   
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 50 26   44 50  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of long-stay residents who have/had a
catheter inserted and left in their bladder               
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 1 5   6 5  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of long-stay residents who spend most of
their time in bed or in a chair 
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 1 0   1 4  
January '10 - June '10  NA NA        
Percent of long-stay residents whos ability to move
about in and around their room gets worse 
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 16 5   10 11  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of long-stay residents who had a urinary
tract infection 
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 11 15   9 9  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of long-stay residents who lose too
much weight 
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 9 1   6 8  
January '10 - June '10 NA NA        
Percent of short-stay residents given influenza vaccination % %   % %
April '09 - December '09 99 NA   90 83  
January '10 - June '10  NA NA         
Percent of short-stay residents who were assessed and
given pneumococcal vaccination 
% %   % %
April '09 - December '09 97 NA   91 83  
January '10 - June '10  NA NA         
Percent of short-stay residents who have delirium     % %   % %
January '09 - December '09 2 NA   3 2  
January '10 - June '10  NA  NA        
Percent of short-stay residents who had moderate to
severe pain 
% %   % %
January '09 - December '09 11 NA   23 19  
January '10 - June '10  NA  NA        
Percent of short-stay residents who have pressure sores  % %   % %
January '09 - December '09 15 NA   10 13  
January '10 - June '10 NA  NA        

Data Last Updated: November 18, 2010
Page Last Updated: December 8, 2010 

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