This survey shows that AARP members age 50 and older in Nebraska want to be able to stay in their homes when faced with the need for long-term care and that they support additional funding for informational and support services.
Key findings from the survey include:
- Eighty-nine percent say it would be extremely or very important to stay at home as long as possible if they or their family members needed long-term care. Further, 86 percent believe it should be a top or high priority for AARP in Nebraska to ensure the availability of a broad range of long-term care services that will allow them to stay in their homes.
- Sixty-five percent surveyed say they are not very or not at all confident that they could afford long-term care services for themselves or their family and only 23 percent are extremely or very confident they could find long-term care services to remain in their home if needed.
- Nearly 20 percent of AARP members in Nebraska say they are currently or have previously provided caregiving services within the past two years.
- One-third (33%) of caregivers surveyed live with the person they care for and almost half (49%) have been providing care between one and five years.
- Sixty-nine percent of caregivers spend up to twenty hours each week on average providing care and half (51%) have an annual household income before taxes of less than $50,000.
- Most AARP Nebraska members surveyed (85%) find it either extremely or very important to have access to long-term care information in one place. The large majority (93%) of those who rate their health as poor find that it is extremely or very important to have a central place to receive unbiased information.
- AARP members in Nebraska indicate that they would find the following caregiver support resources extremely or very helpful:
- Information about available caregiver resources in their community (72%)
- Assistance in completing government forms and applications (71%)
- Establishing a state income tax credit for caregivers (64%)
- Short breaks from caregiving (63%)
- Assistance with transportation (62%)
- Help with understanding medical bills (61%)
The survey was conducted between October and December 2011 among 827 AARP members ages 50 and over living in Nebraska. For more information, contact Erin Pinkus at 202-434-6362.