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How long do people use long-term care services?

Type of care Average number of years people use this type of care Percent of people who use this type of care
Any service 3 years 69
At home
Unpaid care only 1 year 59
Paid care Less than 1 year 42
Any care at home 2 years 65
In facilities
Nursing facilities 1 year 35
Assisted living Less than 1 year 13
Any care in facilities 1 year 37

Source: National Clearinghouse on Long-Term Care, 2010

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