GAO: 12 Million Seniors Not Receiving Needed Home-Based Care
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported this month that an estimated 75 percent of seniors who likely need home-based care are not receiving such home-based services.
In the report, GAO analyzed the most recent data available from two national surveys, the 2013 Current Population Survey (CPS) and the 2012 Health and Retirement Study (HRS). To estimate the number of seniors who likely need home-based care, GAO analyzed 2012 HRS data on the number of respondents “age 60 and older who reported having difficulty with one or more daily activities and whether they received help.”
“An estimated 27 percent (about 16 million) of older adults from all income levels report difficulties with one or more daily activities, indicating they may need home-based care, according to our analysis of 2012 HRS data,” GAO wrote in the report. “Two-thirds or more of these older adults either receive no help, or receive help with some, but not all, of their difficulties—either formally from sources such as Title III programs and Medicaid or informally through family members. Specifically, between approximately 67 and 78 percent do not receive help with all identified difficulties, depending on the number and type of difficulty.”
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