One of the significant barriers to accessing long-term care services is a fragmented delivery and payment system. The federal government has developed a grant program to help streamline access to information and services and in 2003 funded the first Aging and Disability Resource Centers. AARP's Connecticut state office commissioned this survey to determine support among its members for a single point of entry system and to learn more about their opinions and concerns about long-term care. Key findings include the following:
- 59% of Connecticut AARP members want to receive long-term care services in their own homes. Importantly, about three-quarters say that they would be more likely to vote for a candidate for state office who supports providing more home- and community-based services to allow people to stay at home for as long as possible.
- 52% are not confident they will be able to afford long-term care and are very concerned about being able to afford these services. More than four out of five members think it should be either a top or high priority for Connecticut to ensure that older persons and persons with disabilities have affordable long-term care choices.
- More than 80% believe it is extremely or very important to have a central place to get information and help applying for all types of long-term care services, and support the state developing a system that would allow them to do so. Currently, only one-quarter of members say they are confident they would know how to find long-term care services if they were needed.
A total of 1,613 AARP members age 50 and older completed this mail survey between October 22 and November 19, 2007. For more information, contact the report's author, Katherine Bridges, at 202-434-6329. (19 pages)