Informal And Formal Home Care For Older Adults With Disabilities Increased, 2004–16

Rates of informal home care use among older adults with disabilities increased from 2004 to 2016, such that in 2016 almost three-quarters of these adults received informal home care. Informal care remains the most common source of home care, even though formal home care use grew at almost twice the rate, with a 6-percentage-point increase to 36.9 percent in 2016.


Van Houtven CH, Taggert E, Konetzka RT, Coe NB: Informal and Formal Home Care Both Increased Between 2004 and 2016, Potentially Reducing Unmet Needs of Older Adults (Data Watch). Health Affairs. August 2020.

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