Home Health Care Use, Length Varies Substantially Between Women and Men

Women who are 65 and older are more than 50% more likely to receive home health care services than men of the same age, according to an April study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In the United States, the rate of home health care use for women aged 65 and over was 55% higher than the rate for men, the report states. When the age group is limited to include only those people who fall between the ages of 65 and 74, changed, but still women were more likely to receive the care overall, the study found.

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Similarly, marital status had a relationship with the likelihood of an individual to receive home health care. Male home health care patients aged 65 years and over who had a primary caregiver outside of the home health care agency were almost three times as likely as female patients to have their spouse as their primary caregiver, HHS finds. Women were about twice as likely as men to have a child or other non-spousal family member as their primary caregiver.

Finally, men were found to have been more likely to receive home care following an inpatient stay and females were more likely to have received home care for a year or more. They were almost twice as likely to have Medicaid as their primary payment source.

View the report.

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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