The long-term care (LTC) system in the United States faces significant challenges as it prepares for an increasingly aging society. The number of Americans above age 65 is projected to grow to 98 million, roughly a quarter of the total population by 2060. Many of those individuals will require long-term care services and supports (LTSS) to manage the many health conditions that develop as one gets older.
While the need for LTSS is not just for the elderly, those aged 65 and older are eight times more likely to need care than those under 65. These services are typically needed by individuals unable to perform “activities of daily living” which includes bathing, dressing, transferring (getting from a bed to a chair), toileting, eating and continence. You can receive long-term care services in a nursing home or in your own home.
Originally published in HR Pulse Magazine, Summer 2017