California Healthline: Assembly Hearing Examines Latinos’ Unpreparedness for Long-Term Care

by David Gorn

An Assembly committee hearing yesterday highlighted the lack of preparedness in the Latino community for long-term care of family members  and the large number of families who likely will need help paying for it.  

“Inadequate funding disproportionately affects low-income, minority and rural populations,” said Alicia Hernández Sánchez, associate director of the Central Coast Center for Independent Living, who spoke yesterday at the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care hearing. “And we have all three on the Central Coast.”

According to a 2012 poll by the SCAN Foundation, 60% of all Latino families in California will need long-term care for a family member in the next five years. Among Latino respondents, 91% said they could not afford three months of nursing home care.

In fact, 78% of Latino respondents were concerned their income was not high enough to meet daily needs and 59% said they have had to cut back on food to get by.

That level of poverty can hit seniors especially hard, said Victoria Ballesteros, director of communications at the foundation.

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