The average American’s lifetime risk of using a nursing home is substantially greater than previous research has suggested, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Among persons age 57 to 61, 56 percent will stay in a nursing home at least one night during their lifetime, according findings published online by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Previous studies have generally corroborated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ estimate that only 35 percent of older Americans are likely to use a nursing home in their later years. Researchers were surprised by their findings and hope the study will help consumers to prepare thoughtfully for their health care needs in old age. “It is important to provide individuals and families a reliable assessment of the likelihood of entering a nursing home in retirement,” said Michael Hurd, lead author of the study and a senior principal researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “This information could help people make better decisions about how they or their loved ones wi [...]
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