Average American’s Risk of Needing Nursing Home Care Is Higher Than Previously Estimated | RAND

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.

Source: Average American’s Risk of Needing Nursing Home Care Is Higher Than Previously Estimated | RAND

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