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Long-term Care in Tennessee: A Survey of Registered Voters Age 35+

By any number of measures, Tennessee lags far behind all other states in offering older and disabled citizens a chance to receive long-term care (LTC) in their homes and communities, rather than in nursing homes, which are often more costly. With the support of citizens and organizations across the state, including AARP, state government has begun focusing on developing a more balanced approach to LTC.

Of the 800 age 35+ registered Tennessee voters surveyed for this report…

  • Half say they or family members are likely to need LTC services in the next five years, and over half of these are worried about being able to receive such services in settings of their choice.
  • Almost all believe it is important to have LTC services that would enable people to stay at home as long as possible.
  • More than three-quarters want to receive LTC services at home from a nurse or personal care aide when family members or friends cannot provide this care; only 5 percent would prefer to receive care in a nursing home.
  • Almost eight in ten support AARP advocating for funds now used only for nursing homes to also be made available for LTC services that help people stay at home, and nearly seven in ten say they would be more likely to vote for state candidates who support this.

The random digit dial telephone survey was conducted between October 25 and November 7, 2005, by Alan Newman Research. Further information may obtained by contacting the report’s author, Joanne Binette of AARP Knowledge Management, at 202-434-6303. (23 pages)

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