Assisted living is the fastest growing type of senior housing in the United States with an estimated 15 to 20 percent annual growth rate over the last few years. However, the cost of assisted living still poses a considerable problem for many older persons who desire this housing arrangement but do not have the resources or who fear they may outlive their resources. AARP commissioned this survey to explore the experience and opinions of the AARP members in Connecticut on assisted living facilities.
Key findings include:
- Members have a desire to age in place; the majority does not have high confidence in their ability to afford assisted living and would support making this long-term care option more affordable; members largely support state oversight and regulations for the industry.
- Desire to Age in Place Staying in the same facility and getting all the care needed instead of moving to a nursing home is important to 88 percent of respondents.
- Confidence in Ability to Afford One-third of Connecticut members are not at all confident that they could afford the cost of care in an assisted living facility, and one in five are not very confident.
- Support for Affordable Assisted Living Eight in ten either strongly support (55%) or somewhat support (25%) the Connecticut Legislature making assisted living more affordable for low and middle-income people, even if it means an increase in taxes.
- Support for Oversight and Regulations to Ensure Quality Care Eight in ten respondents strongly support (58%) or somewhat support (25%) state oversight of all assisted living facilities to ensure consumer protection and quality care.
AARP commissioned Woelfel Research, Inc. to conduct a telephone survey on the issue of assisted living. A randomly selected sample of 803 AARP members from Connecticut was interviewed from December 13, 2001 through December 31, 2001. For more information, contact Katherine Bridges at 202-434-6329.