Older Women Like Home Care More
Survey says why insurance with home care benefit is popular
More older women get home-based care for chronic health issues than men, reveals an American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) study.
According to the study, 60 percent of home care recipients were women. In the same group, over 80 percent were 75 years or more than that. The survey, which was conducted by the Best Hospice Care in Los Angeles association through a one-week period in March, had 1,000 men and women respondents.
“The large majority of both men and women home care recipients were over the age of 71 and most received care for three days a week or less,” according to Jesse Slome, executive director of AALTCI. 66 percent (two-thirds) of women received care at home for three days a week or less, while less men (49 percent) made use of the same service in the same frequency.
The AALTCI study also found the cost of home care services to be around $20 per hour. However, this varied depending on the type of service required and the location. “Someone requiring care three days a week for six hours a day is looking at a cost between @20,000 and $25,000 annually, which is why individuals increasingly buy long-term care insurance with a home care benefit,” says Slome.
“Most people wrongly associate long-term health care with skilled nursing facility when the vast majority of care takes place at home,” pointed out Slome in an earlier interview. Today more and more people prefer getting treatment for chronic and age-related conditions right in the comfort of their own homes, added Slome.
“People do require long-term care services at younger ages typically as a result of accidents or illnesses,” noted Slone. As a matter of fact, a large majority (90.7 percent) of long-term care insurance claims start at age 70. Among women below 64 years, about 20 percent received care for seven days a week, while 40 percent required care five days each week. A mere 25.3 percent of women aged 82 required care for five days a week or even more.
According to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, about 7.6 m people are recipients of home-based care today, usually as a consequence of an acute illness, long-term health condition, permanent disability or terminal illness. Annually, the federal government spends $60 billion for home health care.