Improving Health Outcomes for Seniors

October 19, 2016

Home care can improve the physical and mental well-being of care recipients. In addition to helping prevent falls, keeping seniors on track with their medications, providing nutritious meals, and helping maintain personal hygiene, caregivers can also provide doctors with valuable information that may help to improve diagnosis and treatment of seniors. The result: better health outcomes for seniors and lower overall health care costs.

outcomes chart for hospital admissions and doctor visits

  • Home Care Reduces Hospital Visits:

In one study, seniors with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia receiving paid home care had notably lower rates of inpatient hospital admissions—58 percent vs. 66 percent without home care.

  • Home Care Reduces the Need for Doctor Visits:

Another study found that seniors using paid in-home care reported 25 percent fewer doctor visits each year than older adults who did not have such care.

Source:
Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care