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AARP Connecticut Assisted Living Survey

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.

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