From 1993 to 1994, researchers with the Setting Priorities for Retirement Years Foundation examined how people make decisions about long-term care, the availability of information about long-term care, and the barriers faced in making informed decisions.
Consumers and health care professionals lack understanding about the availability, appropriateness and quality of long-term care services.
Older people have four distinct decision-making styles concerning long-term care, with about two-thirds falling in one of the first three non-planning groups:
Crisis decision-making about long-term care contributes to loss of autonomy.
The closeness and affection of the older person's relatives play a significant role in the ultimate long-term care arrangement, especially for non-planners.