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Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By: Clare Connection

How Much Long-Term Care Will You Need?

According to the Congressional Budget Office about 80 percent of older adults receiving such long-term care services receive it in their own homes, and the average amount of care received (paid and unpaid) ranges from around three hours on the low end to nine hours for those requiring assistance with three or more functional limitations.1 The Department of Health and Human Services cites that those receiving paid or unpaid care in their homes receive such care for an average of two years.2

So, what about the other 20 percent who are receiving care in a community-based setting? According to a 2009 report jointly prepared by a group of advocacy and research organizations within the assisted living industry, the average length of stay for residents in an assisted living facility is about 28 months. (The median is 21 months.)  A separate statistic provided by the National Investment Center (NIC) in their 2010 Investment Guide cited the average length of stay in assisted living as 29 months.3 Remember that many of those who live in an assisted living facility likely received care in their home for some period of time before moving to the facility.

But care does not always end with assisted living. According to a joint report on assisted living, nearly 60 percent of all assisted living residents eventually move to a skilled nursing facility.39 The average stay in a nursing home is 835 days, according to a 2004 report from the National Care Planning Council.4 If you look only at residents who are discharged from the facility, which includes many who have received short-term rehab care, the average stay in a nursing home is 270 days. Separate figures provided by AALTCI showed that in 2008 approximately 52 percent of people receiving care in a nursing facility were there for at least one year and 24 percent were there for three or more years.5

In summary, it is reasonable to expect that a person may receive care at home for several months or longer, followed by another year or two in an assisted living facility, with almost 60 percent then requiring a nursing home stay that could range anywhere from a few weeks up to several years, depending on the situation.

1 Congressional Budget Office (2013) Rising Demand for Long-Term Services and Supports for Elderly People. Retrieved from: https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/113th-congress-2013-2014/reports/44363-ltc.pdf.

2 How Much Care Will You Need? Retrieved from United States Department of Health and Human Services at: http://longtermcare.gov/the-basics/how-much-care-will-you-need/

3  National Investment Center. (2010) NIC Investment Guide 2010: Investing in Seniors Housing and Care Properties. Annapolis, MD: NIC.

4 AAHSA, AHSA, ALFA, NCAL, and NIC. (2009) 2009 Overview of Assisted Living. Retrieved from: https://www.ahcancal.org/ncal/facts/Documents

5 Day, Thomas. (2005) National Care Planning Council. Guide to Long-Term Care Planning. Retrieved from NCPC at: http://www.longtermcarelink.net/eldercare/nursing_home.htm


The above article was written by Brad Breeding of myLifeSite and is legally licensed for use.

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