Before understanding how much Chronic Care costs, let’s review what we mean by Chronic Care or Long-Term Care. Chronic care is long term care, where someone needs help with their ADL’s or Activities of Daily Living, these activities are; bathing, eating, transferring, continence, toileting, dressing and or cognitive impairment (dementia) requiring a constant supervision. The severity of need often determines the cost variables.
Before we can understand the risk of Chronic Care, we first need to understand what is Chronic Care? The word Chronic come from the Greek word Khronos meaning time, when an illness is Chronic it means its “Long-Term” and is not necessarily getting any better. Chronic Care is a status of someone who needs continual care because they not getting any better. For example someone who is wheel-chair bound because of a broken leg is not Chronic, in all likelihood the leg heal and they will walk again. Contrast this to an individual who has a spinal injury and is in a wheel chair, this condition is chronic because it is long-term.