California voters 40 and older say they can't afford long term care

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Almost half of all California voters 40 and older aren’t ready for long-term care, a survey out today suggests.It indicates that they can’t afford even a month of the long-term care they believe they’ll need for a close relative - and later, for themselves. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the SCAN Foundation - a charity connected with a medical insurer - paid for the survey.

Right now, one month of nursing home care in California costs on average $6,800. That worries 64% of the 1,667 registered California voters surveyed in the 3rd annual poll.

47 percent of survey respondents reported a decline in their household income during the past year. 22 percent said they to borrow money to meet their expenses.

Those surveyed also expressed worry about the costs of growing older as the senior population is growing and the state’s budget problems are deepening. In the next 20 years, the number of Californians 65 years and older is expected to double to 8 million.

The poll also found that 90 percent of those surveyed want state leaders to make affordable long-term care options a priority so older Californians can stay independent at or near their homes and avoid living in nursing homes.

Findings from a New Survey Among California Voters 40 and Older on Long-Term Care