Long term care is provided to clients on an ongoing basis and varies from high intensity provision such as nursing care, to lower intensity support in the community such as the provision of direct payments to arrange regular home care visits.
Whereas short term care is designed for a time limited period, and in the case of ST-Max with the aim of reducing or removing the clients need for ongoing care, long term care has no fixed time period and is delivered for as long as it is required.
Please Note: There are some differences in how information on long term care is collected between the ASC-FR and SALT returns.
For example, activity data includes those receiving long term care with a Primary Support Reason (PSR) of Social Support, whereas this PSR is not included in long term expenditure (instead being recorded as a combined short term/long term spend total).
In addition, information regarding support settings is recorded using different categories between the returns, and so this data cannot be directly compared.
Therefore, care must be taken when comparing the two returns; some comparisons of general trends can be made, but more direct comparisons, such as an average cost per person, are not recommended.