A brief guide to short term care

Understanding the difference between short term care and long term care is essential to making the right care decision for you or your loved one. This brief guide will give you an overview of what short term care is, and when it might be necessary.

A brief guide to short term care

What is the difference?

Short term care is care that has a specific series of goals. Generally speaking, the goal is for the patient to become comfortably self-sufficient. This means dressing themselves, washing, cooking, and being able to keep track of any medication they may be taking.

Long term care, however, will likely not have a defined goal in mind. It will be indefinite ongoing care that is established for as long as the patient needs it. Usually, this will be the treatment for a terminal, chronic, or progressively worsening illness.

Where do you receive short term care?

Short term care will be provided wherever is best for the patient. It can be in a specific facility such as a care home, where the patient stays on-site. Depending on the requirements of the patient, a designated location for the care to be administered will be determined.

Short term care also encompasses home care and respite care. Home care, as the name implies, involves carers coming to the patient’s home and administering care there. Respite care allows a regular carer to take a break while a specialist care team provides care at home.

Why does someone need short term care?

There are a number of different reasons one may need short-term care. Usually, a period in hospital or a spell of illness is the driving factor behind short term care being established. Short term care is not age-related, it can easily apply to patients both young and old.

As it’s goal-oriented, short term care will generally focus on helping the patient overcome the symptoms of their illness. This allows them to return to living as normally as possible. Short term care may also be a gateway to other care services being provided, if necessary.

Does it cost anything?

The short answer is – it depends. There are NHS provisions made for short term care for which there will be no cost. For this, you will have to get in contact with your local social services to see what specific care packages are available in your area.

If you have the means, you can elect to pay for short term care. There is a wide selection of private care providers available who will offer a number of different care options, depending on your needs. If you’re in any doubt, reach out to get some help and advice. It’s not a decision that should be made alone.

To conclude

Short term care is a catch-all term that encompasses a number of different specific care processes. From helping with dressing to gentle physical therapy, and even occupational therapy. It can last anything from a few days to a few months, depending on the specifics of what is being treated.


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