Long term care refers to services and supports over an extended period of time that meet the medical and non-medical (personal assistance) needs of people with chronic conditions who cannot independently care for themselves. Long term care can be provided at home, in the community, or in institutions (e.g., personal care homes, assisted living facilities, or nursing homes). Home and Community Based Services are Medical Assistance programs that allow individuals at risk for institutionalization to remain in the community by providing them with extra medical and support services. Eligibility for these programs depends on income and resources, need for assistance, and the availability of funds.
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