6 Statistics on Americans' Use of Home Healthcare

Many hospitals and health systems pursuing accountable care initiatives are strategically aligning with home healthcare agencies or integrating their services into their spectrum of care.

The following statistics on home healthcare use for Americans aged 65 and over are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Statistics Report. Figures are based on data from the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey.

• The rate of home healthcare use for women 65 and over was 55 percent higher than that of men.

• More than 80 percent of home healthcare patients aged 65 and over had a primary caregiver outside of the home healthcare agency.

• Male home healthcare patients aged 65 and over were more likely than female patients to have had an inpatient stay immediately prior to receiving home healthcare.

• Female patients 65 and over were twice as likely to have Medicaid as their primary source of payment. They were also more likely to have received home healthcare for one year or more.

• The most popular home healthcare services for patients 65 and over are: skilled nursing (84 percent); physical therapy (40 percent); assistance with activities of daily living (37 percent); homemaker services (17 percent); occupational therapy (14 percent); wound care (14 percent); and dietary counseling (14 percent).

• Forty-eight percent of home healthcare patients had essential hypertension. Other common conditions include: heart disease (39 percent); diabetes mellitus (32 percent); chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and allied conditions (15 percent); osteoarthritis and allied disorders (13 percent); dementia (10 percent); malignant neoplasms (9 percent); and cerebrovascular disease (8 percent).

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