“Long-term care varies nationwide.”
– “Where Long-Term Care Works”
“Washington leads all states in helping residents age in place”
“More than 9 in 10 Americans want to live at home or with a relative — rather than in a nursing home — for as long as possible. But experts predict that more than half the population, after turning 65, will develop a disability so severe they’ll need assistance.
Whether and how they’ll get that assistance depends greatly on where they live. Some states are better at providing the services and support necessary to help older adults and those with disabilities who want to continue living in the community, and their family caregivers. In states that do it well, that’s good for those who need care.
Washington is the state that does it best, according to a scorecard compiled by the AARP Public Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation. The Evergreen State ranked consistently high in four of five areas in which states provide support for people needing long-term assistance or their family caregivers.
That’s because Washington officials have made support for home and community-based care a state priority, policy experts say. The state has provided a wide range of options — including adult day care, assisted living and adult foster care — to meet the needs of its growing older population. By 2030, 21 percent of Washington’s population is expected to be age 65-plus, compared with 15 percent now,” by Larry Lipman and Dana E. Neuts, AARP Bulletin.