• The fastest growing age demographic in the United States is aged 65 and older.
  • More than twenty six percent of the adult population has provided home care for a chronically ill and/or elderly family member within the past year. 
  • If the family member caregivers had been compensated at the market rate for in-home care services, their salaries would have totaled more than $300 billion dollars. 
  • Forty one million Americans have been diagnosed with a chronic condition that limits their activity. Of that number, an estimated twelve million are unable to live independently. 
  • Thirty three percent of non-institutionalized people aged 65 and older have limited activity levels due to a chronic health condition.
  • One third of family caregivers who perform wound dressings and/or medical equipment maintenance for their charges have received no instruction on how to properly perform the tasks. 
  • In 2000, 7.6 million people received some degree of in-home care services. This number reflects 2.5% of the US population. Of that number, 69% were over the age of 65 and 64% were women.
  • In 2006, there were 37.3 million people aged 65 and older in the United States.
  • One in five households has someone who is providing caregiving services to a family member or loved one.
  • Patients who receive in-home care services following an illness or condition that required hospitalization are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital citing complications.
  • In 2007, there were 9,284 Medicare certified home care agencies in the country.
  • Ten percent of clients pay for their in-home care expenses out of pocket, without assistance from governmental programs or insurance. 
  • In 2006, there were 867,100 caregivers and support staff employed by home care agencies.
  • By 2007, that number had increased to 913,300.
  • In 2006, the number of discharges of patients aged 65 or older from non-federal hospitals was 13.1 million.
  • In 2004, there were 16,100 nursing homes in the United States with a combined total of 1.7 million beds.
  • The average occupancy rate of nursing homes remains steady at eighty six percent. 
  • In 2004, nursing homes reported a combined total of 1.5 million residents. The average length of stay since the date they were admitted to the facility was approximately 835 days.

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