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Nursing Home Quality and Long-Term Care in the District of Columbia: A Survey of Registered Voters Age 35+

With 12.2 percent of its population age 65 or older today, and expected to increase to 13.4 by 2030, the District of Columbia’s percentage of over-65 residents with incomes at or below the poverty level is the second highest when compared to all 50 states. Many of these individuals will need some type of long-term care (LTC) services and supports, and will likely look to public funding sources to meet those needs.

Of the 801 age 35+ DC registered voters surveyed...

  • 90 percent say it is important to them to be able to remain at home as long as possible if they need LTC services
  • 86 percent support increasing funds for services that help people remain in their homes and communities as they age
  • 95 percent consider it important that the District hold nursing homes responsible for care violations
  • 87 percent consider it important that District-owned nursing homes be examples of high-quality care
  • 93 percent say the new mayor should make improving nursing home quality and access to LTC services a top, high or medium priority

The telephone survey on which this report is based was conducted among 801 age 35+ registered District of Columbia voters during April and May 2006. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Erica Dinger of AARP Knowledge Management at 202-434-6176. (23 pages)

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