Coronavirus: Who Makes Up the At-Risk Long-Term Care User Group?
For most people, coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, but for older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. And for residents of nursing homes across the country – the risk is even higher.
In 2015, there were approximately 47.8M Americans over age 65 and 6.3M over age 85, many of who grew to depend on a long-term care facility to support their daily needs. Here is a statistical look provided by Morningstar data on who COVID-19 is impacting in the long-term care setting.
- In 2018, 8% of people ages 65-74 required long-term care services such as taking residence in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility.
- 17% of people ages 75-84 required long-term care services in 2018, and 42% of people older than age 85 needed long-term care services.
- The U.S. saw a 145% increase in the number of people who died from dementia, 2000-17.
- The median annual nursing-home cost for a private room in 2019 was $102,200.
- Long-term care expenditures in the U.S. topped $208B in 2015.
- As many as 95 percent of nursing home-type facilities in the U.S. are understaffed.
- Women 65 and older make up 58% of those who will need long-term care during their lifetimes, and nearly 70% of people in nursing homes today are women.
- The average age of admission for women in long-term care settings is 80.
- 44% percent of caregivers, including long-term care workers, say that their work supervisor is unaware of their caregiving responsibilities.
- More than 60% of nursing-home resident care is provided by Medicaid.
- 31% of individuals over 65 in the lowest income quintile will have a long-term care need of two years or longer.
- 38% of Americans over age 85 who have Alzheimer’s dementia and 64% of Americans with Alzheimer’s dementia are women.
- 30% of long-term care applicants ages 60-69 are declined long-term care coverage.
More than 1,200 of the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes are in Illinois, providing care to 100,000 Illinois residents. These are the nursing home residents starkly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, which has proven particularly deadly to the elderly as outbreaks inside Illinois facilities such as the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Willowbrook, have now been confirmed. These residents have also been cut off from family members and health agencies who can most effectively advocate and protect them during this time, putting them at higher risk of neglect and abuse.
As experienced advocates for patients in long-term care, our firm is ready to help ensure that your loved ones stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has also created a hotline at 1-800-889-3931, and more information can be found by visiting the IDPH website.
Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Related to Coronavirus
If a loved one has sustained a serious infectious disease complication resulting from neglect or missed medical treatments provided by a nursing home, or the intentional understaffing of its workforce, we can help. Please reach out to Levin & Perconti, a Chicago-based law firm ready to provide you with a free nursing home abuse or provider negligence consultation at (312) 332-2872.