Nearly 12 million Americans now rely on home health care. Medicare covers only 3.5 million of them.
78 million Baby Boomers are nearing retirement age. Scientific studies indicate they will experience higher rates of chronic illness.
Twelve percent of Americans with chronic illnesses are responsible for 75 percent of U.S. health care costs.
Nurses, therapists, home care aides, and others who serve elderly and disabled home-care patients drive nearly 5 billion miles each year, caring for nearly 12 million patients in 428 million visits.
Home Care is Right for These Economic Times
As our nation deals with the worst economic crisis in decades and millions of lost jobs, home care is providing thousands of new jobs for American workers. From 1993 to 2007, home care employment grew an average of 5.4 percent annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that many of the most needed jobs now and in the future will be in home care (including the top two: personal care aides and home health aides).