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.

Continue reading here: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2014/4/assembly-hearing-shows-latinos-are-woefully-unprepared-for-longterm-care

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