Survey Highlights High Costs of Long-Term Care in 2023

You may not foresee ever needing assistance with your day-to-day life. However, research shows that seven in 10 adults aged 65 and older will require long-term care at some point in their later years. Meanwhile, the U.S. population continues to age rapidly. Americans aged 65 or older are on track to total 82 million in the next […]

Activities of Daily Living and the Need for Long-Term Care

         Nearly one in every seven U.S. seniors aged 65 or older will likely require long-term care later in life. Almost a fifth of them will need long-term care services for over five years. Most long-term care involves assisting with basic personal needs rather than providing medical care. You may be able to receive long-term care services […]

States With the Highest and Lowest Assisted Living Costs

         Today, 58 million adults in the United States are 65 and older. Seniors make up more than 17 percent of the American population. The U.S. Census Bureau expects this number to reach 83.7 million by 2050. Meanwhile, one in every seven older adults must rely on long-term care services in their later years. As a result, […]

When Should You Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance?

         Long-term care insurance can cover nursing home bills, assisted living fees, and in-home care, providing financial support if you require assistance with daily living when you get older. However, it can also be expensive. Determining the best time to buy long-term care insurance can help you manage your finances effectively as you prepare for […]

Long-Term Care Insurance: An Introduction

With nursing home care in some parts of the country costing as much as $10,000 a month, a long-term need for care can deplete even the best-planned estate. As a result, many seniors buy long-term care insurance to cover this risk. One great advantage of this insurance is that most policies now cover home care, […]

Retirees: Deduct Your Long-Term Care Insurance Premium

Even if you have a long-term care insurance policy, you may likely be hoping that you won’t ever have reason to use it. Regardless of what the future holds, there’s one silver lining of which you may not be aware. That is, premiums on many long-term care insurance policies are, in fact, tax-deductible. What Is […]

Home Health Services Underutilized by Seniors, Study Shows

Health Affairs estimates that 4 million older adults can only leave their homes with assistance, making accessing care challenging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1.3 million Americans receive care in nursing homes. According to A Place For Mom, more than 810,000 reside in assisted living. Home health care presents an alternative to nursing homes […]

Supreme Court Preserves Right to Sue Public Nursing Homes

        In a major win for nursing home residents and their families, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right to sue government-run nursing homes under the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (FNHRA). In a 7-2 decision, the court decided these plaintiffs could seek relief in federal court. Background of the Case In 2019, the […]

Agencies That Inspect Nursing Homes Face Staffing Crisis

         The Senate Special Committee on Aging has released a report exposing an understaffing problem among the survey agencies across the nation that are responsible for overseeing nursing home inspections. The staffing crises at these agencies, according to the report, have led to an increase in the number of regulatory violations and ultimately are making long-term care facilities unreasonably […]

Will Robotics and AI Be the Future of Elder Care?

         Adults 65 and older constitute the fasting-growing age demographic in the United States. When it comes to elder care, this expanding population is facing a scarcity in people equipped to support them as they get older. One estimate predicts a shortage of 151,000 paid direct care workers and 3.8 unpaid family caregivers by 2030, increasing to […]