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Long-Term Care Choices: A Survey of Arkansas Residents Age 40+

For many years, the vast majority of Medicaid dollars for long-term care (LTC) in Arkansas has been spent on institutional care. There has been a proposal to create the Arkansas Options Counseling for Long-Term Care Program to inform people seeking LTC services in Arkansas about all the care options offered in their areas, and factors to consider when choosing services and providers.

This survey gauges the opinions of age 40+ state residents about LTC services in Arkansas.

Of those surveyed...

  • 74 percent support passage of a law requiring that options counseling be available for residents seeking LTC services

  • 76 percent want to receive LTC services at home from family and friends, a personal care aide, or both when needed; only 4 percent prefer a nursing home

  • 98 percent believe it is important to have LTC services that would enable them or family members to stay at home as long as possible

  • 73 percent favor a state law to ensure the right of nursing home residents to use video technology to visit with family and/or to monitor their own care

The random telephone survey of 800 age 40+ Arkansas residents plus an additional 200 Arkansas AARP members was conducted for AARP by Woelfel Research Inc. between December 14th and 27th, 2006. There were no statistically significant differences in the responses of the 800 age 40+ residents and the 200 age 50+ AARP members. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Joanne Binette, the report's author, at 202-434-6303. (24 pages)

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