Home healthcare patients are among the poorest, sickest and most vulnerable beneficiaries in the Medicare program. Quality home healthcare services allow these patients to remain in their homes and receive necessary skilled nursing and therapeutic care.
- Nearly 70 percent of home healthcare patients are senior citizens and 60 percent are women.
- Home healthcare patients are more likely to live alone and have poorer health status.
- Home healthcare patients had an average of 4.2 medical diagnoses per patient at the time of interview.
- Patients' most common diagnoses included: essential hypertension, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), osteoarthritis, malignant neoplasm, and cerebrovascular disease.
- Home healthcare patients are more likely to have 3 or more impairments with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
- The vast majority of seniors (89%) say they want to age in place – i.e., live independently and remain in their home.
- Patients receiving skilled home healthcare receive services including cardiac and pulmonary care; neurological rehabilitation; wound care; intravenous (IV) therapy; pain management; chronic disease management; and medication management.