Health care policy experts have increasingly recognized the value of home-based health care. A growing body of evidence suggests it is less expensive to deliver care in the home. As a result, we have seen an increase in hospitalized patients more quickly returning to their homes and communities to heal and recover safely, reducing costs for themselves and the health care system.
Home-based care addresses some of the negative health effects of social isolation and loneliness, which drive poorer health outcomes that annually cost billions of excess health care dollars. According to one study, those experiencing loneliness and social isolation had a more than 60 percent higher risk of developing dementia and a fourfold increase in hospital readmission rates within a year of discharge.
AARP Survey: There’s no place like home. A new AARP survey of adults shows that 3 out of 4 adults age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.
While 76% of Americans age 50 and older say they prefer to remain in their current residence and 77% would like to live in their community as long as possible, just 59% anticipate they will be able to stay in their community, either in their current home (46%) or a different home still within their community (13%).
Resources for Aging in Place:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
National Energy Assistance Referral Hotline (NEAR)
National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications
“It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place… it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.”
– David Hume