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Fact Sheets Highlighting Critical Issues on Long-Term Care

Author: The SCAN Foundation

Published: 2010-09-16

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The SCAN Foundation Series of National Fact Sheets Highlighting Critical Issues on Long-Term Care.

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The SCAN Foundation Launches a Series of National Fact Sheets Highlighting Critical Issues on Long-Term Care.

Six new fact sheets draw attention to national figures on long-term care that provide an introduction to some of the field's most significant topics

The SCAN Foundation released today six fact sheets compiling national figures that provide basic information on some of the most important issues surrounding long-term care.

Long-term care refers to a broad range of services that support people with limitations in their ability to care for themselves due to a physical, cognitive, or chronic health condition that is expected to continue for an extended period of time. These disabling conditions may be inherited or acquired, result from an underlying health condition or arise from a condition present at birth.

An individual needing long-term care services generally requires assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs)"including bathing, dressing, eating, transferring, and walking; or instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) including meal preparation, house cleaning, and medication management"regardless of the cause of their disability.

Each easy-to-use fact sheet presents a critical long-term care issue, highlights main points in bulleted format and provides a comprehensive list of citations.

Themes include:

Demographic & Economic Characteristics of an Aging Population -

Who Needs and Who Uses Long-Term Care -

Growing Demand for Long-Term Care -

Where is Long-Term Care Provided -

Who Provides Long-Term Care -

Who Pays for Long-Term Care -

The SCAN Foundation will revise the fact sheets regularly as updated information becomes available.

"This is the first set in a series of fact sheets that provide basic information on the 'who, what, when, where, why and how' of long-term care from a national perspective," said Bruce Chernof, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation. "We hope these fact sheets are used as handy tools by policymakers, researchers, and students alike."

Forthcoming fact sheets will highlight long-term care facts and figures for California.

About The SCAN Foundation - The SCAN Foundation is an independent nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing the development of a sustainable continuum of quality care for seniors that integrates medical treatment and human services in the settings most appropriate to their needs and with the greatest likelihood of a healthy, independent life. The SCAN Foundation supports programs that stimulate public engagement, develop realistic public policy and financing options, and disseminate promising care models and technologies. For more information about The SCAN Foundation, visit

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