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Home Health Therapies - The Future Of Home Care

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Home care will continue to be an integral part of the health care system in the future. In fact, its importance is expected to grow as a result of the aging population and the increasing number of frail older adults living at home. In 2000 there were approximately thirty-five million people age sixty-five or older in the United States.

The size of this group is expected to double to seventy million by 2030.

At the same time there is also an increasing number of people with chronic illnesses. In 1995 there were ninety-nine million people of all ages with some type of chronic disease. This number will increase to one hundred and forty-eight million by 2030. Almost one-third of the people in this group have a major limitation as a result of their chronic condition.

Finally, the continued emphasis on providing cost-effective health care options and the growth of consumer choice are working to move home care into a more prominent light.

CAROL RAPHAEL, MPA JOANN AHRENS, MPA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Health Care Financing Administration, Office of the Actuary. "Home Health Care Expenditures and Average Percent Change, by Source of Funds: Selected Calendar Years 1970–2008." www.hcfa.gov

Health Care Financing Administration, Office of the Actuary. "Home Health Care Expenditures, Percent Distribution and Per Capita Amounts by Source of Funds: Selected Calendar Years 1970–2008." www.hfca.gov

Health Care Financing Administration and the Office of Strategic Planning. A Profile of Medicare Home Health, August 1999, 80.

National Association for Home Care. "Basic Statistics About Home Care." www.nahc.org

RWJ Foundation. Chronic Care in America: A 21st Century Challenge. August 1996. (1995 data).

U.S. Bureau of the Census. "Projections of the Total Resident Population by 5-Year Age Groups, and Sex with Special Age Categories: Middle Series, 1999 to 2100." www.census.gov

Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Finding Home Health Care for Seniors in New York. 2000.

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