41 Long-Term Care Statistics For 2022

There are 65,600 regulated long-term care facilities in the U.S. 70% of seniors will need some type of long-term care.

steven zauderer
Steven Zauderer
November 15th, 2022

Key Long-Term Care Statistics

  1. There are 65,600 regulated long-term care facilities in the U.S.
  2. 70% of seniors will need some type of long-term care, which includes assistance with everyday activities like washing themselves, dressing up, and general upkeep of hygiene. This is often from a physical injury or illness, or an issue involving aging.
  3. Each year, 8.3 million people get support from five primary nursing care providers.
  4. 18% of the elderly will spend over a year in a nursing facility.
  5. 60% of people and families can't pay for the expenses that nursing services require for them to house the elderly.
  6. Around 70% of people that are turning 65 will need long-term medical care at some point in their life. Such care is usually given for three years on average.
  7. Yearly spending on nursing and long-term care for the elderly in America is $275 billion. This doesn't include providing care for family in a home setting.
  8. The average age of nursing home residents is 85 years.

Who Needs Long-Term Care?

6. Each year, 8.3 million people get support from five primary nursing care providers. Home health agencies account for 4.7 million, nursing homes for 1.3 million, residential care for 713,300, hospices for 1.2 million, and adult services for 273,000.

7. About 12 million Americans required long-term care in the year 2007.

8. The majority of people that require long-term care services are senior citizens. About 63% are people 65 years of age and older, which accounts for over 6 million. The rest of the 37% are 64 years old or younger, accounting for nearly 4 million people.

9. The likelihood of getting disabled from day-to-day activities, or suffering from cognitive problems, is 68% for elders that are 65 and above.

10. By the year 2050, people using long-term care will increase twofold. This includes assisted care facilities and nursing facilities that are skilled, numbering 13 million in the year 2000 and going up to 27 million. This projection factors in the population increases of the elderly that need care.

The Cost Of Long-Term Care

11. Within the older population that needs long-term care, 30% of them will get it significantly. About 25% of the last percentage is 85 or older, with 70% being poor in health.

12. In 2012, 14.8% of people aged 65 and older were shown to be living in poverty.

13. Of people aged 65 and older, 69% will suffer from disabilities before they pass away, with 35% going into a nursing home.

14. Around 20% of elderly people will have over $25,000 in lifetime expenses before they've passed away.

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15. The number of impairments of the brain in the elderly population rose by 10% in the last ten years, although physical disabilities saw no significant rise.

16. The number of elder people with mild to great memoryless in 2002 was listed from 5% with people aged between 65 and 69, to 32% with people over 85.

17. People older than 85 are among the fastest-growing demographics of the American population. Almost 6 million people over 85 were shown to be in the US in 2012. The population will likely increase to at least 19 million by the year 2050. If this occurs, the rise could go from 1.6million to over 6 million people of higher suffering from cognitive debilitation.

18. In 2015, research from the Department of Health and Human Services showed that elderly people that need extended care will require $138,000 to be properly taken care of.

Although insurance will pay for half of such figures, some research suggests that public state-based services and programs will help with some of the remaining costs. About 17% of the elderly will pay at least $100,000 in out-of-pocket expenses for extended care.

19. The average countrywide monthly cost for nursing facility care is $7,700 for a semi-private room and $8,800 for complete private care. These costs are expected to rise sharply in the following years.

20. The number of people over 65 in the state of Alaska is 11% which is the reason why nursing care costs there are some of the most expensive in the country.

Other places with higher-than-average extended care for the elderly are Connecticut, and Washington, D.C.

Some of the cheapest states for care include Louisiana and Oklahoma. Most extended-term care is affordable but might not have everything that a potential resident and their family request, such as specialized services for memory care.

Long-Term Care Insurance Statistics

21. Long-term care insurance can help many people. In 2017, long-term care insurance helped to pay out over $3 billion in claims to more than 100,000 people.

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22. Benefits usually cover about $65,756 in long-term care expenses. However, averages can be different for various types of nursing facilities.

For the average nursing home, most claims are about $63,751. Assisted care facilities have claims of around $93,000. The likelihood of getting rejected by an insurance company can rise with older people. 22% of all applicants between 50 and 59 are rejected for extended care coverage. 44% of people between 70 and 79 are denied.

23. Medicaid spends about $182.8 billion on extended care support services.

24. Medicare spends over $87 billion on extended care nursing.

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25. Alternative public services, like the Veterans Health Administration, spend $25 billion on extended care services.

26. Consumers as a whole use about $63 billion in out-of-pocket expenses.

27. Private insurance companies spend about $35 billion on extended nursing care.

28. Private sources are also big spenders for long-term care, spending about $28 billion on relevant services. This includes the United Way.

29. Funding by private entities accounts for 30% of total expenses for extended nursing care. However, this percentage has been lowered by 8% in the last two decades since public funding has risen by 62%.

Number Of Long Term Care Facilities In The U.S.

30. The number of extended care facilities in America numbers 65,600. 70% of the elderly will require long-term care in these facilities at some point.

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Average Stay In A Nursing Home

31. Listed from a study done in 2010, mental disabilities account for 48% of the number of admissions into nursing homes. Physical debilitations fall under 43%, with social and emotional issues taking up the last 8%.

How Many People Live In Nursing Homes?

32. In 2010, there were one out of eight seniors 85 or older, representing 13 percent of the population, resided in extended care homes. On the other hand, only 1% of seniors aged between 65 and 74 were placed in a facility. The older seniors get, the higher the chances it becomes of them being placed in a nursing facility.

33. 1.4 million people in nursing facilities were living in nursing facilities in 2012.

34. Between the years 2002 and 2012, costs for both semi-private and private rooms in nursing facilities went up by 4.0% on average each year in between.

35. People 85 and older in 1999 accounted for 52% of the nursing population that was aged 65 and older. Between 75 and 84, it was 35%. It was 13% from ages 65 to 74 years old.

36. Between the years 1985 and 1999, the amount of elderly 65 and higher that were living in nursing facilities rose from 1.3 million to 1.5 million people. About 1.1 million people, nearly 75%, of that population were women.

Average Age Of Nursing Home Residents

37. The average age of nursing home residents is 85 years. The majority of nursing home residents are 85 and older. People under 65 accounts for a small percentage of nursing residents.

Average Age Of Nursing Home Residents

Memory Care Statistics

38. About 50% of people in nursing care have cognitive disabilities, such as dementia, according to researchers. 59% of people that stay in such facilities for over 100 days have problems with their memory.

The elderly with cognitive problems that are living in such care tend to have more debilitating diseases than people staying in other facilities for treatment.

Residences with memory care can give therapies and other activities to the elderly, helping to stimulate their brain activity. Regardless, memory care can be found in other nursing care facilities or put in place at the family's request.

39. Alzheimer's patients account for 32% of home healthcare patients.

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40. 31% of patients getting adult daycare services suffer from dementia, with 10% having memory care services.

41. There 42% of assisted living people with some form of memory disability. In a little over half of the assisted living homes, 58% to be exact, patients with cognitive problems are given a floor that focuses primarily on memory care. Such areas have greater hands-on care than ordinary long-term care residences.

42. As the number of people over 65 increases, those with cognitive impairments will likely increase percentage-wise. More than 6 million elderly have Alzheimer's disease. In 2050, the number is expected to increase to over 12 million people.

Unless measures are taken to increase the number of affordable caregivers, it may grow the world load for those giving care at no cost, such as family members.

43. 11 million people give free care to the elderly suffering from Alzheimer's. They spend more than 15 billion total hours providing help to friends, loved ones, and other family members. 26 hours are committed to providing care for them every week.


steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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