Availability of home health care factored in healthiest states for seniors.
Ready availability of home health workers vaulted Minnesota to the top state for seniors for the second year in a row, according to a new report that ranks the healthiest states for older adults, as reported by Home Health Care News.
Hawaii ranks second, followed by New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts in the second edition of America’s Health Rankings’ senior report, released by the United Health Foundation.
On the other end of the spectrum is Mississippi, ranked the least healthy state for seniors in the 2014 Senior Report and preceded by Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas, respectively.
Within the report’s clinical care category—which includes home health care, among other attributes—Delaware ranks first, while Mississippi ranks 50th.
State rankings were determined by data including a rate of annual dental visits, percentage of volunteerism, percentage of quality nursing home beds, percentage of marginal food insecurity and percentage of prescription drug coverage.
“We commissioned this report to understand and identify ways to improve seniors’ health because Americans are living longer,” Reed Tuckson, M.D., senior medical adviser to United Health Foundation, says in a news release.
In the next 25 years, America’s senior population is expected to double, increasing the demand for home health workers. Read more