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AP-NORC poll: Hispanics lack confidence in nursing homes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A poll finds that few older Hispanics are confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can meet their needs.

That's the case even though Latinos in the United States tend to have a longer life expectancy.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also finds that close to half of older Hispanics have faced language or cultural barriers interacting with health care providers.

Fewer than 2 in 10 Hispanics age 40 and older say they're very or extremely confident that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can accommodate their cultural needs.

Experts cite two factors that might be contributing to the lack of confidence: First, social norms among Hispanic families that discourage outside care of older relatives; and second, a lack of high-quality providers.

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