Long-Term Care


More than 12 million Americans depend on long-term care for help with everyday activities such as bathing or dressing. This group includes veterans and people with disabilities, but it is primarily comprised of seniors. Thus, the number will likely soar as the baby boom generation ages. RAND research on long-term care can help health providers and policymakers meet the growing demand for high-quality, affordable care.

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    Family Caregivers Should Be Integrated into the Health Care Team

    The pandemic has produced changes in health care practices, such as shorter hospital stays and more frequent management of chronic illnesses at home. This has shifted the responsibility for many medical tasks to family caregivers. Caregivers have become frontline workers and should be treated as members of the health care team.

    Jan 5, 2021

  • A daughter visting her mother at a care home where they are masked and sitting apart for safety during a pandemic, photo by wanderluster/Getty Images


    Long-Term Care Policy: Who Should Be at the Table?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that long-term care residents, their families, and staff have limited representation when it comes to facility policies. Recognizing them as stakeholders with perspectives to include in decisionmaking could improve infection control practices and also address residents' health-related quality of life.

    Feb 2, 2021

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