What are Long Term Services and Supports?
The modern definition of long term services and supports is:
A wide range of consumer directed assistance, services or devices provided over an extended period of time and designed to meet medical, personal and social needs in a variety of settings or locations to enable a person to live as independently as possible.
'Long term services and supports' is also referred to as 'long-term care.' For years, many people thought it exclusively meant nursing home care. Today, long term services and supports is defined more broadly. It includes a variety of care and services over an extended period of time that can be provided in many settings including:
In your home;
At other sites in your community;
In a managed residential setting; or
In an institutional setting.
In fact, your choice of provider care and services can make it possible for you to continue to live at home rather than in a nursing home or other type of residence. Residential options are sometimes appropriate, however. It really depends on your needs and circumstances.