Chart of the Day: Use of Home Health Care On the Rise

A 50% increase in the percentage of Americans 65 and older using professional home care from 2000-2010 could be an implication of home health care as a sometimes more affordable alternative to nursing home care, reported the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

The percentage of 65+ Americans reporting home health care use in the previous two years has increased from 9.1% in 2000 to 13.9% in 2010. This 10-year increase is steady with the exception of 2008 findings which showed a decrease in home health care use by 1.1 percentage point.

An increase in nursing home care is also reported by EBRI. The study finds that the percentage of 65+ Americans reporting utilization of nursing home care between 2000-2010 increased by 2.5 percentage points, from 6.0% in 2000 to 8.5% in 2010.

EBRI also cites the John Hancock 2011 National Long Term Care Cost Study’s findings that home health care is suggested to cost $37,440 per year while nursing home care in a semi-private room costs $75,555 a year.


Written by Erin Hegarty

Erin Hegarty



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