• Studies have shown that caregiver satisfaction is much higher with homecare services than with hospital care.
  • The impact of home health care services can greatly reduce the number of hospital stays for patients with home health care services.
  • The highest volume diagnosis for homecare patients is Diabetes.
  • In 2000, 7.2 million individuals received formal home health care services.
  • More than one in five persons in U.S. households are informal caregivers for a person older than age 18.
  • The typical caregiver is a 46 year old woman with at least some college experience who provides more than 20 hours of care each week to her mother.
  • The most common diagnosis discharged to home health care is for Rehabilitation services.
  • Sixty-two percent of caregivers are married and/or living with a partner and nearly two-thirds (61%) of those are woman.
  • In 2006, 21.4% of Medicare home health care patients had conditions related to diseases of the circulatory system as their principle diagnosis. People with heart disease, including congestive heart failure, made up over half of this group.
  • Homecare is a cost-effective service for individuals recuperating from a hospital stay and for those who, because of a functional or cognitive disability, are unable to take care of themselves.
  • A two-year analysis of more than 600 psychiatric patients showed that 80.7% of patients referred for hospital care could be treated effectively at home instead.