Will Older Individuals Avoid Nursing Homes After the Pandemic?


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.

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