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A new study suggests that about one-fifth of retirees will need no long-term care support at all and about one-quarter will have severe needs, with the rest facing low to moderate needs. Those who are married, better educated, white, or in better health will have more manageable needs. Learn about the resources available to meet care needs and the types of people most at risk of facing unmet needs: What Level of Long-Term Services and Supports Do Retirees Need? | Center for Retirement Research (bc.edu)
Meanwhile, For at least 20 years, national experts have warned about the dire consequences of a shortage of nursing assistants and home aides as tens of millions of baby boomers hit their senior years. Low wages and benefits, hard working conditions, heavy workloads, and a job that has been stigmatized by society make worker recruitment and retention difficult,” concluded a 2001 report from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Enter President Biden who has allotted $400 billion in his infrastructure plan to expand home and community-based long-term care services to help people remain in their homes and out of nursing homes. Republicans are pushing back, noting that elder care didn’t fit the traditional definition of infrastructure, which generally refers to physical projects such as bridges, roads and such, and the bipartisan deal reached last week among centrist senators dealt only with those traditional projects. But Democrats say they will insist on funding some of Biden’s “human infrastructure” programs in another bill. Learn more: Desperate for Home Care, Seniors Often Wait Months With Workers in Short Supply | Kaiser Health News (khn.org)