A recent academic article published in Health Affairs examined the types of home care that community-dwelling seniors with disabilities received over a multi-year period (2004-2016). Using data from a longitudinal nationally representative survey of adults ages 65 or older, authors estimated rates of informal, formal, and combinations of in-home care use. The vast majority of seniors with disabilities reported receiving some home care, and this share increased from 2004 to 2016. In 2004, only 16.9 percent of seniors with disabilities reported receiving no home care, down to 12.9 percent in 2016. A larger share of seniors with disabilities reported receiving only informal home care (48.3 percent in 2004 and 50.8 percent in 2016) compared to only formal home care (7.9 percent in 2004 and 9.2 percent in 2016).
New health research finds formal and informal home care for seniors with disabilities has increased
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