California Partnership for Long Term Care

Long-Term Care Facts

  • An estimated 12 million people in the United States require long-term careCare given to someone who can no longer perform activities of daily living.. This is expected to climbe to 27 million people in need of long-term care by 2050.1

  • Nearly half of those requiring care are under 65 years of age, including 5.3 million working age adults. 2

  • Women are disproportionately over-represented in the lower income brackets and under-represented in the higher income brackets even though women constitute 51 percent of the California workforce. 3

  • Americans are living longer. In 2001, the life expectancy was 77.2 years, compared to 75.5 just ten years earlier. The number of California residents age 85 and older — those who are most likely to need extended care at home or in nursing homes — is likely to more than double by the year 2030, when the bulk of baby boomers will come of advanced age.3

  • In 2005, about 1.5 million Californians used long-term care services. That number is expected to skyrocket as 6.5 million Californians will be age 65 and older by 2025. Nearly a million of those will be 85 and older, and many will need long-term care. But nursing homes may not be the default standard for care; many frail elderly will be cared for at home. 3

  • Of the approximately 1.5 million Californians served by long-term care in 2005, 34 percent received care through home health agencies, 42 percent were evenly split between nursing homes and personal careHelp with bathing, grooming, getting from a chair to a bed and other personal assistance. services, and 12 percent lived in some form of residential care. 3

 

Sources:

  1. "Long-Term Care by the Numbers." Center for American Progress, 11 Feb. 2008. www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2008/02/11/3901/long-ter.... Accessed 23 Jan. 2018.

  2. "Medicaid Facts." Kaiser Family Foundation, March 2001.

  3. California Department of Finance, Current Population Survey Report, March 2007.