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Financial LifeStage - Managing The Risk of Long Term Care

Key Points

  • 63% of Americans age 65+ will need long term care
  • 80% Receive long term care in their home
  • Family and insurance are common solutions

We’ve dug up some statistics to help you understand the likelihood of needing long term care.

The breakdown is as follows:

Chances are (63%) that you will need some type of long term care, if you live to be age 65. If you were to strike a distinction between what is possible and what is probable, you might say that something is possible if it has a 50% chance or less of occurring. But if it has more than a 50% chance of occurring, it’s a probability. If you think you will live to age 65, it’s a probability you may need long term care.

How Much Does Long Term Care Cost?4

The national average cost of a home health aide is almost $20 per hour. Multiply that rate by four hours per day and you get $80 per day, $2,400 per month, or $28,800 per year, and $144,000 over five years. That’s a significant amount of after-tax money for a modest amount of care in addition to regular expenses.

Assisted living facility (private room) is $43,200 per year or $129,600 over three years.

Nursing home facility (semi-private room) is $80,300 or $160,600 over two years.

. . . and you may need some of each type of care (home, assisted living, nursing home care).

Options To Manage Long Term Care Needs: Often Family and Other Sources

About 80%5 of people who receive long term care, receive it in their own home. Thereafter, if necessary, moving to some type of facility that offers the elevated type of care the individual needs. The question is this: do you have a family member whom is willing and can afford sacrifice a job, family time, etc., to provide care to you?

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1 US Population 65 and older:

2 Number of Americans needing long term care in 2014: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2013) Long- Term Care Services. Retrieved (January 2015) from

3 Percent of Americans needing long term care age 65 and older or younger: Rogers, S., & H. Komisar. Who needs long-term care? Fact Sheet, Long-Term Care Financing Project. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003

4 Long term care national average costs:

5 80% receive long term care in their home, not in a facility: Congressional Budget Office (2013) Rising Demand for Long-Term Services and Supports for Elderly People.

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