From 2003 to 2007, Richard Johnson, PhD, and researchers from the Urban Institute and RTI International examined the impact of the changing structure of families on long-term care. Specifically, they analyzed how demographic and economic trends will affect the number of older people in the future who need care, the availability of family caregivers and the use of paid care.
This project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO). HCFO supports policy analysis, research, evaluation and demonstration projects that provide public and private decision leaders with usable and timely information on health care policy and financing issues.
The researchers reported the following findings: