GAO: 12 Million Seniors Not Receiving Needed Home-Based Care
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 2:24 PM
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that an estimated 75 percent of seniors who likely need home-based care are not receiving it. The GAO analyzed the most recent data available from two national surveys: the 2013 Current Population Survey (CPS) and the 2012 Health and Retirement Study (HRS). It then analyzed the 2012 HRS data on the number of respondents age 60 and older who reported having difficulty with one or more daily activities and whether they received help.
Approximately 27 percent or 16 million older adults across all income levels reported difficulties with one or more daily activities, indicating that they may need home-based care. Moreover, two thirds or more of the respondents either receive no help, or receive help with some of their difficulties. Between 67 and 78 percent do not receive help with all identified difficulties.
The GAO report provides support for the reauthorization and expansion of the Older Americans Act. Supporters of the Older Americans Act say the demand for these programs is great and needed in many areas of the country where vulnerable seniors are on waiting lists for services they desperately need.
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