As the population of baby boomers retires, long-term care of seniors will become a topic of national concern. But what is long-term care? Dr. Bruce Chernof, president and CEO of the SCAN Foundation, which focuses on senior issues, answers this question.
Long-term care in many people’s minds is a nursing home. In 2013, that’s just not the case anymore. For the vast majority of folks, what this means is long-term services and supports that can be delivered in the home or in a community setting. Most people don’t understand that 70 percent of us — when we’re over the age of 65 — will need some form of long-term services and support. That could be a nursing home, but more than likely it will be in the community. And on average, we’ll need that for three years. So all of us should be planning for this.
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The SCAN Foundation is an underwriter of the PBS NewsHour.