The costs associated with living with these potentially debilitating health conditions are high, yet Californians underestimate their potential need for support and services. Sixty-three percent predicted they would need help, but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will need long-term care services at some point in their lives, and more than 40 percent will receive care in a nursing home for even a short period of time.
Among other findings, California voters age 40 and older:
Cannot afford services
A majority (66 percent) of respondents could not afford more than three months of nursing home care at an average cost of $6,000 per month in California. About four in ten (42 percent) could not afford a single month of care. Among Latino voters, 88 percent could not afford more than three months of nursing home care.
Do not have long-term care protection
Most respondents (85 percent) said they do not have long-term care insurance or are not sure whether they are covered for supportive services like in-home care.
Are facing stretched budgets
Six in ten (60 percent) said they are worried that their total family income will not be enough to meet their family's living expenses.
Have concerns that cross party lines, income levels
Seventy-one percent of Democrats, 64 percent of independents and 62 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of voters with household incomes over $75,000 are worried about paying for long-term care.
Feel stressed from their current caregiving responsibilities
|Contact: Gwen Driscoll|
University of California - Los Angeles