Fact: Americans pay a lot of money out of pocket for long-term care services and supports. Costs comprise 15% of overall spending in 2011.
Fact: In 2013, a private room in a nursing home cost about $84,000. The cost of care in an assisted living facility was $42,000. Home health aides, homemakers and companion services generally charge about $20 an hour. Home care costs can easily total $22,000 a year. Adult day care centers cost about $65 a day.
Fact: Only 35% of Americans say that they have set aside any money to meet long-term care needs. Many people will rely on family members for their care because nursing home and home care are so expensive. In fact, 87% of long-term caregivers are unpaid family members.
Click here to learn about who pays for long-term-care services and how they are delivered from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Click here for a brief look at long-term care for older adults from the Kaiser Family Foundation.