30%: Percentage of the population aged 65 or older who will rely on family-provided long-term care for two or more years.
Only 4.5 percent (about 1.5 million) of older adults live in nursing homes and 2 percent (1 million) in assisted living facilities. The majority of older adults ( 93.5 percent, or 33.4 million) live in the community.
Someone turning age 65 today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services and supports in their remaining years. Women need care longer (3.7 years) than men (2.2 years) One-third of today’s 65 year-olds may never need long-term care support, but 20 percent will need it for longer than 5 years.
Across the board, the average stay in a nursing home is 835 days, according to the National Care Planning Council. (For residents who have been discharged- which includes those who received short-term rehab care- the average stay in a nursing home is 270 days, or 8.9 months.)
Over 80 percent of those adults reside in the community, not in institutions. Among those 85 and older, about 55 percent require long term care assistance. Nearly 60 percent of elderly persons receiving long term care assistance rely exclusively on unpaid caregivers, primarily children and spouses.
In the U.S. the population age 65 and older numbered 54.1 million in 2019 (the most recent year for which data are available). They represented 16% of the population, more than one in every seven Americans.
At age 85 and older, this ratio increased to 181 women for every 100 men. Since 1900, the percentage of Americans age 65 and older more than tripled (from 4.1% in 1900 to 16% in 2018), and the number increased more than 16 times (from 3.1 million to 52.4 million). The older population itself became increasingly older.
More than 20% (21.7%) of adults aged 85 or more years needed help with activities of daily living in the first half of the year, according to the latest data released Tuesday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
A report jointly prepared by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living found that the average length of stay for residents in an assisted living facility is about 28 months with the median being 22 months.
In the past, the national average has been around two years. Today, the national average is closer to one year. Different factors can play into how long someone spends in assisted living.
According to data from the insurance firm Genworth Financial, the national average costs for long-term care in 2020 are as follows: Nursing homes: $255 per day or $7,756 per month for a semi-private room; $293 per day or $8,821 per month for a private room.
42%: Percentage of people older than age 85 who need long-term care services, 2018. 47%: Estimated percentage of men 65 and older who will need long-term care during their lifetimes. 58%: Estimated percentage of women 65 and older who will need long-term care during their lifetimes.
Most long-term care is provided at home by unpaid family members and friends. It can also be given in a facility such as a nursing home or in the community, for example, in an adult day care center.
Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003. ] Most but not all persons in need of long-term care are elderly. Approximately 63% are persons aged 65 and older (6.3 million); the remaining 37% are 64 years of age and younger (3.7 million). [ Rogers, S., & H.