AHRQ Research Report
Because long-term care has evolved since an of Institute of Medicine report, this research report examines the characteristics of adult long-term care users. In analyzing the care, the report distinguishes between community-based and institutional care and also the age of recipients.
The great diversity of long-term care users and the increasing level of disability of the elderly long-term care population documented suggest that it will remain difficult and expensive to ensure access to long-term care and meet the needs of this population. Both nursing home and home care expenditures in Medicare and Medicaid are projected to double from 1995 to 2005, and efforts to reduce public costs need to be monitored carefully to ensure that this population's needs are met.
Print copies of The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users (AHRQ Publication No. 00-0049) are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse (1-800-358-9295).
By William D. Spector, Ph.D., and John A. Fleishman, Ph.D., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Liliana E. Pezzin, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University; Brenda C. Spillman, Ph.D., Urban Institute. This paper was commissioned by the Committee on Improving Quality in Long-term Care, Institute of Medicine.
Defining Long-term Care Users
Type of Care Received by Long-term Care Users
Prevalence of Community-Based Long-term Care Among Non-Elderly Adults
Characteristics of Non-Elderly Adult Long-term Care Users
Formal and Informal Care Use Among Community-Dwelling Non-Elderly Adults
Characteristics of Elderly Long-term Care Users
Changes in Elderly Long-term Care Users Over Time
Characteristics of Long-term Care Users by Service Type
Elderly Persons Living in Housing with Supportive Services
Informal Caregivers of the Elderly
Comparison of Elderly and Non-Elderly Users of Community-Based Long-term Care
Availability of Data
Estimate of Long-term Care Users
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AHRQ Publication No. 00-0049
Current as of January 2001
The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users. AHRQ Research Report. AHRQ Publication No. 00-0049, January 2001. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/ltcusers/