Planning For Long Term Care

iStock_000013095842SmallIt is estimated that over 70% of American adults can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lifetime. For many reasons patients often choose to receive that care at home.  We hope you will use this site as a resource as you consider the various options available to you.  Before you make any decisions about long term care, talk to your family, your doctor or other health care provider, a person-centered counselor, or a social worker to understand more about other long-term care services and supports.

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Home Care Client

  • To follow the plan of care
  • To notify us of any change in condition, or changes to advance directives
  • To advise us of any problems or dissatisfaction with our service
  • To provide a safe environment for us to serve you

As your Care Needs Change It is important to review your current care needs with your provider, as well as discuss your options as your needs change.  There are organizations serving Granite Staters that can help you and your family begin discussing current and future long term care needs. In New Hampshire, the Foundation for Healthy Communities (603) 225-0900 has information about Advance Directive (Living Will and

.  This information may assist you in discussing issues related to people with chronic, progressive, and life-threatening illness.  At their site, you will find information to help you complete requirements under New Hampshire law, as well as downloadable forms, including  a guide to end-of-life discussions, and explanations about Portable Do Not Resuscitate (P-DNR) medical orders and Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

It is important to have these discussions with loved ones long before the are needed.  You can see  videos and information on how to get the conversation process started at theconversationproject.org. Some home health clients have found The New Hampshire Center for Disability Rights to be a good resource for services.  Use the Find a Home Care Agency search function on the right side of this page for information on the agencies that deliver hospice care in New Hampshire’s communities.

Medicare Resources for Advanced Care Planning

For more information on Long Term Care Planning contact New Hampshire’s Endowment for Health.endowment-logo