Long-term care needs vary from person to person and often change over time.
On average, someone who is 65 today will need some type of long-term care for three years.
About one-third of today’s 65-year-olds may never need long-term care; 20% will need care for longer than 5 years.
Women need care longer (3.7 years on average) then men (2.2 years on average), mostly because women usually live longer.
More people use long-term care services at home than in facilities. People also use these services longer at home than they do in facilities.