The majority of home care recipients are seniors with an average age of 69. Three-in-five care recipients (59%) have long-term physical conditions and a quarter (26%) have memory problems. Many care recipients (37%) have more than one ongoing health problem.17
For seniors with challenging physical and cognitive impairments who require help with activities of daily living—such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating—home care is a game changer. But home care also benefits those who are still in good health, by providing companionship, help in and around the home, and other types of assistance. Further, families, as well as seniors, benefit from the services provided by home care companies, which will be described in more detail throughout this report. Currently, 13.9 million family caregivers (32%) report using paid help.
Caring for America’s Seniors: The Value of Home Care