The brief’s key findings are:
- In many countries, a large share of COVID deaths in the first wave occurred in nursing homes.
- As a result, the pandemic focused attention on health risks in nursing homes that might lead some to prefer home care.
- A survey of Canadians ages 50-69 found that:
- 70 percent said they are less likely to use a nursing home post-pandemic;
- one-quarter are willing to save more to pay for home care; and
- the vast majority favor more government subsidies for home care, even if it requires higher taxes.
- Given the broad similarities between Canada and the United States, these overall results likely apply to the U.S. context as well.