As average life expectancy increases, so does the need for quality and affordable long-term care. With adults over 80 representing the fastest growing population, some experts predict we’re heading toward a long-term care crisis where saving for retirement will become more challenging than ever.
The potential crisis on the horizon has led many states to work toward improving long-term care options. The AARP Public Policy Institute held a forum this summer to discuss a scorecard used to rank states on their long-term care performance. The scorecard uses 26 indicators over five dimensions:
- Affordability and Access
- Choice of Setting and Provider
- Quality of Life and Quality of Care
- Support for Family Caregivers
- Effective Transitions
So, how did Ohio stack up?
Unfortunately, not very well. We ranked in the second to last or bottom quartile for all five dimensions, with “Affordability and Access” and “Quality of Life and Quality of Care” as our two weakest categories. However, there is one good aspect of the low rankings: Ohio has numerous opportunities for improvement in its approach to long-term care.
We also certainly aren’t the only state with a need for improvement. With the exception of Minnesota (which scored in the top quartile for all five categories), every state on the list has some room for improvement.
What Do Long-Term Care Rankings Mean for Ohio?
Quite simply, it means we have some work to do. There’s no reason Ohio shouldn’t be able to compare to higher-ranking states, as the long-term care crisis becomes a reality, steps will need to be taken to ensure older adults are getting the support they need.
LeadingAge compiled a list of improvements that states can make to address their role in preventing the crisis. Among the most significant were:
- focusing on accountability
- creating resources to assist family caregivers
- addressing the affordable housing shortage, workforce shortages, and cost of care.
Luckily, rankings like these give us the advantage of understanding weaknesses before it’s too late. By knowing where Ohio stands, our state can hopefully begin making changes that will allow for easier and more accessible long-term care in the future.
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