Healthcare that is provided over a long period of time or for an uncertain period of time. This healthcare can be provided in hospital, or a person can be supported by health services in their own homes, or in residential or nursing homes. Both the NHS and Social Services have responsibilities for meeting the complete set of Health and Social care needs they have identified.
a general term used to describe a range of health and social care for patients with longer term illness, for example older people, adults who are disabled or people with dementia.
Continuing NHS health care describes a package of care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. It does not include the provision by local councils of any social services.