The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy have prepared a study to better understand the size and characteristics of the long-term care population. Some key findings are as follows:
• 6.5 % of those age 65 or older, 2.2 million people, live in a residential care facility.
• Most of these 2.2 million, 1.45 million live in nursing homes, with more than 750,000 living in alternative residential care settings.
• Relative to older persons in traditional private housing, the residential care population was far more likely to receive help with ADLs and to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
• The prevalence of disability and dementias is dramatically higher in facility residential care than in community care settings, and higher yet in nursing homes.
• Persons living in residential care facilities are more likely to have incomes below $10,000, roughly the federal poverty level for older couples.
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