Home healthcare patients are among the sickest and most vulnerable beneficiaries in the Medicare program, underscoring the importance of consistent access to home health. Quality home healthcare services allow these patients to remain in their homes and receive necessary skilled nursing and therapy services, while avoiding unnecessary inpatient care and hospital stays.
At a population of 40.4 million, seniors compose 12 percent of the U.S. population.
In 20 years, that number will reach 70 million, or 20 percent of the population.
As America's population rapidly ages, there will be greater need for skilled home healthcare services among our nation's seniors. Home healthcare can meet the care needs of a diverse senior population and reduce America's healthcare costs as a low-cost care setting. Plus, a clear majority of American seniors (89%) say they want to age in place — i.e., live independently and remain in their home.