Aging in Place

The choice to age in place rather than in an institutional setting and the tools to do it successfully.

Long-Term Care Users Rely on Home Health Care

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About 4.7 million paid long-term care users received home health care in 2011, a number that is drastically increasing due to the growth in the senior population.

About 4.7 million paid long-term care users received home health care in 2011, a number that is drastically increasing due to the growth in the senior population.

Americans receiving paid long-term care are most likely utilizing the services of home health care, according to a report on senior care services and users that was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The nation’s 12,200 home health agencies served about 4.7 million patients in 2011, which is more than half of the 8.4 million Americans who receive paid long-term care.

The report collected data from about 58,500 paid, regulated long-term care services providers in 2012 split into five categories—nursing homes, assisted living communities, home health agencies, hospice agencies, and adult day services centers—and includes information on provider capacity, staffing level, and services provided, along with a national profile of long-term care users.

More than 8 million Americans received services from 4,800 adult day services centers, 12,200 home health agencies, 3,700 hospices, 15,700 nursing homes, and 22,200 assisted living and residential care communities. Of those, home health agencies served the largest population, followed by nursing homes with nearly 1.4 million residents and the more than 1.2 million patients who received hospice services.

The number of people using nursing homes, assisted living, or home care services is projected to increase from 15 million in 2000 to 27 million in 2050, according to the CDC. Most of the increase is attributed to a projected growth in the senior population and corresponding need for care services.

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Fastest-Growing Job in U.S.? Home Care Aide

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The number of home care aides is expected to expand by 70 percent between 2010 and 2020.

The number of home care aides is expected to expand by 70 percent between 2010 and 2020.

An aging population receiving help at home with personal care needs is fueling the growth of the job of home care aide, which is one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the U.S. right now, according to a report by Bloomberg Business Week. 

The nearly 1 million personal care aides counted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 generally provide assistance with activities of daily living for the elderly and disabled, allowing them to remain in their homes. This figure doesn’t include an additional 800,000 personal care workers who work as independent contractors, reports PHI (formerly known as the Paraprofessional Health Institute).

Even though wages for personal care assistants fell 5 percent in the past decade when adjusted for inflation, the number of these workers is expected to expand by 70 percent between 2010 and 2020—making it the fastest-growing job in the country, according to the Department of Labor.

“The trade is exploding as the country ages and Medicaid focuses on keeping people out of nursing homes and other facilities,” says Bloomberg. “That saves money, and requires an army of caregivers… who are helping fill the growing ranks of the working poor.”

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Seniors Vote: Don’t Cut the Medicare Home Health Benefit

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Seniors overwhelmingly vote yes to protect their access to Medicare skilled home health care.

Seniors overwhelmingly vote yes to protect their access to Medicare skilled home health care.

Bring the Vote Home, an initiative created to help senior citizens, disabled Americans, their family members, and their home healthcare clinicians participate in the nation’s democratic process, released new polling data on American seniors’ opinions on the value of Medicare skilled home health care services and proposed cuts that threaten to reduce Medicare home health funding by an unprecedented 14 percent.  The poll, which surveyed 4,533 registered voters aged 65 and older, finds that American seniors overwhelmingly favor Medicare home health services and strongly oppose additional cuts to the benefit. Read more