In-home care, also known as community-based care, is a vital part of healthcare for millions of Americans. Phoenix Home Care is dedicated to providing services that keep our clients at home while they receive the care they need. Today’s blog from Phoenix Home Care highlights important data-driven statistics about in-home care.
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The Family Caregiver Alliance estimates nearly 66 million informal and family caregivers provided care for someone who is ill, disabled, or aged in the United States in February 2015 (the latest year for which the agency has statistics). This number only figures to rise through 2050 as the need for in-home care increases.
Rapidly Aging Population
Each day 10,000 people in America turn 65. In 2020, approximately 56 million Americans will be 65 and older. That number is expected to increase to 84 million by 2050, a rise of 28 million people.
The number of people ages 85 and older could approach 19.4 million in 2050. Of those, about 6.2 million may have severe to moderate memory impairment.
As Baby Boomers get older, they’ll need more options for care from family or healthcare providers. In-home care represents a vital service for our aging population. In fact, 70% of adults age 65 and older will need some kind of assistance, while 40% will need daily assistance, notes the Home Care Association of America.
Growing Need for Workers
The U.S. Department of Labor states that the job outlook for home health aides may increase by 34% from 2019 to 2029. While this figure will probably change from year-to-year, the demand for compassionate people who provide in-home care continues to rise. In 2016, the Department of Labor projected the need for in-home care workers to rise 18% over a 10-year period.
More People Want to Live at Home
In 2015, for the first time, spending for in-home care outpaced that of assisted living facilities. The vast majority of Americans who needed long-term care (80%) in 2015 said they would rather live at home than go to an assisted living facility, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.
The Centers for Disease Control says that to meet the demand of the 4.5 million patients who received in-home health care in 2015, there were around 12,200 home health agencies in the United States in 2016. Meanwhile, there are around 1.3 million people who reside in assisted living facilities (nursing homes).
Why Living at Home Is Important
People heal better in familiar surroundings, plain and simple. Johns Hopkins University states that 70% of the 5.2 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia choose to live at home. This option has been shown to keep patients healthier, happier, and living longer.
We believe that the best healing happens at home. Not only do we measure the health outcomes of our satisfied clients at Phoenix Home Care, but we also follow federally mandated Home Health Quality Measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for our in-home care services.
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Compassionate In-Home Care by Phoenix Home Care
Phoenix Home Care believes new beginnings happen at home. We provide the best in-home care, so you or your loved one can live and heal among familiar surroundings. Contact Phoenix Home Care or call toll-free 1-888-830-2388 if you have questions.