Home Care & Hospice Community Encouraged by Recent Data Highlighting Cost Effectiveness of Caring for Seniors and Disabled Americans at Home
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON D.C. (May 13, 2011) The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today highlighted the results of recent studies by Genworth Financial and the AARP Research & Strategic Analysis that exemplify the multi-faceted value of home care.
Comparing the change in average costs in various care settings from 2010 to 2011, the Genworth Financial study showed that the cost of in-home care stayed relatively flat compared to as much as a 5.7 percent increase for an institutional care setting.
As Congress debates the best way to move forward on deficit reduction, home care is the clear solution for reducing costs while preserving high quality health care for seniors and the chronically ill from the comfort of their own homes, said Val J. Halamandaris, NAHCs president. Through sophisticated care and monitoring, caregivers are able to provide safe and cost-effective services by avoiding short and long-term stays in hospitals and nursing care facilities.
In addition, the AARP Research & Strategic Analysis study showed that new technologies such as electronic devices that turn off appliances and prescription drug management systems are being used by an estimated 48 percent of Americans over the age of 65 in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle at home.
Through Advances in technology and innovation are extending the ability of seniors to remain at home and still be connected to a health care provider. As a result, home care is making significant progress in managing chronic diseases, reducing re-hospitalizations and improving the quality of life for millions of Americas. If Congress is serious about improving the health of Americans and fixing our nations economy, then it is incumbent upon Democrats and Republicans to recognize the critical and value-based role that home care plays as part of the solution, concluded Halamandaris.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services each year to some 10 million Americans who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC is committed to excellence in every respect and provides information to help its members maintain the highest quality of care. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org and www.caring.org.