This survey was conducted to explore the opinions of AARP members in New Hampshire about long-term care in their state and their support for a continual movement toward more home and community based services for residents in need of long-term care. Members surveyed feel it is very important to have services that would enable them to stay at home as long as possible if they needed long-term care.
If faced with long-term care needs, the vast majority say they would prefer to receive such care at home with help from family, friends, and home health services as opposed to receiving care in a nursing home or other residential care setting. Illustrating this preference for home care, nearly three-quarters of those surveyed say they would strongly support a law that would allow people who are eligible to have nursing home care paid for by Medicaid to receive their care at home instead, as long as it did not cost more than nursing home care.
The telephone survey of 805 randomly selected AARP members in New Hampshire was conducted in February 2003. The report was prepared by Katherine Bridges of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202/434-6329 for further information. (8 pages)
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