The Long-Term Care Poll

Opinions and attitudes about long-term care in the United States.

​Long-Term Care at Home: Understanding the Range of In-Home Services Available

This video interactive from The AP-NORC Center explores how home health care aides factor into the overall home care picture and uses findings from the 2017 Long-Term Care Poll to understand what older Americans expect from them.

Millions of Americans require support with activities of daily living due to aging, and the majority of this assistance takes place in home and community settings, not institutions like nursing homes.

This AP-NORC Center video interactive explores how home health care aides factor into the overall home care picture by talking with a person who receives in-home care and her caregiver about the daily living activities the caregiver supports and the complexities of providing care in a home setting. Additionally, insights from an expert in long-term care financing illuminate a tension in the economics of care: it is often a burdensome cost for the person receiving care even though many caregivers are not paid a living wage.

Data from the 2017 Long-Term Care Poll are provided that show much of the public has inaccurate information about paying for care in the home. Many misperceive the costs of home health aides and may expect services that home health aides are not always allowed to provide.

Less than half of older Americans have looked up information about ongoing living assistance, discussed preferences for care with their family, or set aside money to pay for care from a home health aide. This lack of preparation coupled with misperceptions of the costs of and services provided by home health aides could leave many Americans looking for answers and facing gaps in their care should they need professional care in the home to support their daily living needs someday.