A new survey of wealthy seniors suggests that many of nursing homes’ potential residents would prefer to receive long-term care at home, and would be willing to pay their own family members for it.
That’s according to responses of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, age 50 or older, with an annual household income of $150,000 or more. The Harris Poll, conducted on behalf of the Nationwide Retirement Institute, found that about 71% of seniors would prefer to rely on a family member for long-term care. And 70% of those surveyed would not expect that help, unless they were able to pay relatives.
About 56% of respondents said that they “would rather die” than live in a nursing home, and 47% said they’re worried about becoming a burden to their families.
“Affluent adults fear nursing homes but are concerned their care needs will challenge their family if they require caregivers,” Nationwide VP Holly Snyder said in a press release.
About 77% of respondents said, if needed, they’d most prefer to receive long-term care at home. That’s compared to 1% preferring to receive skilled care in a nursing home. Reasons for those worries included loss of control of their lives (68%), detachment from the community (32%) and seeing family less often (30%).
More details from the seventh annual survey can be found on Nationwide’s website here.