New England Seniors Lead the Way in Using Home Care
October 12, 2016 07:50 AM
Seniors in New England are more likely to use home health care services than seniors anywhere else in the United States, while seniors in Alaska and Hawaii use home health the least, according to a new surveyfrom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Massachusetts has the highest rate of seniors using home health care, with 133.85 out of 1000 persons 65 years of age or older, whose last episode of home care ended in 2013. Closest to Massachusetts was another New England state, Rhode Island, which came in at 125.91 out of 1000 seniors using home care.
On the other side, Hawaii and Alaska seniors were least likely to use home care, with only 27.02 of 1000 Hawaiian seniors and 28.72 of 1000 Alaskan seniors. Next lowest was South Dakota, with only 33.35 out of 1000 seniors in that state using home health care.
Understandably, Americans much older than 65 are more likely to have used home care, with about 212.22 seniors 85 years and older out of every 1000 using home care services. Once again, Massachusetts led the way among 85-and-older crowd, with 301.32 seniors out of 1000 using home health care in 2013. And, once again, Hawaii was far on the other end, with only 69.85 out of 1000 seniors at least 85 years old using home care in 2013.
The report is based on 2014 data from the CDC’s National Study of Long-Term Care Providers and was published as a supplement to the “Long-Term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States: Data From The National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, 2013-2014 report, released back in February of 2016.