Relationship Status and Long-Term Care Facility Use in Later Life

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Relationship Status and Long-Term Care Facility Use in Later Life

Abstract

Widowed, divorced, and never-married adults are at greater risk of long-term care admission than remarried, partnered, and continuously married adults. Relationship status is more important for men than for women, especially when considering long-duration stays. Relationship status is also more significant for non-Hispanic white and Hispanic adults compared with non-Hispanic black adults. Economic resources and social ties partially explain the association between relationship status and long-term care use. By addressing the prohibitive costs of long-term care services that enable aging in place (e.g., home health care), relationship status disparities in long-term care may be reduced.

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