Policy & Statistics

70% of adults over the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lifetime.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP) and the Urban Institute

The first of the “baby boomers” turned 70 years old in 2016, and as they age demand for quality nursing care will skyrocket.

U.S. Census Bureau

What will the demand look like?

Between 2010 and 2030, the number of Americans ages 65 and older requiring nursing home care is estimated to increase by 75 percent, according to the Population Reference Bureau.

Approximately 42% of adults age 50-65 report they have a cognitive disorder/memory loss that requires assistance with day-to-day activities, according to the CDC Alzheimer’s Disease data.

Nearly 92% of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and 81% have at least two.

What policies need to be implemented to ensure seniors have access to quality care?

The delivery of person-centered quality care is the centerpiece of skilled nursing facility operations in California. More than 1,000 skilled nursing facilities in California help 400,000 individuals reach their highest potential each year, whether it is for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care. Nursing homes offer care for those recovering and rehabilitating after an acute hospitalization, and for the traditional older, debilitated, complex long-term care population, including those with dementia.

As we look toward the future of care, we need policies that:

  • Increase nursing care facility capacity to meet growing demands.
  • Support dedicated medical and caregiver professionals.
  • Ensure adequate financial support so seniors are receiving the best care possible.


44,500 Nursing staff deficit in California by 2030

– U.S. Health and Human Services Agency

“The ultimate impact is on our nation’s seniors, who may face limited access to long-term care”

– Dr. David Gifford, Chief Medical Officer
American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living


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