|Title||The financial burden of paid home care on older adults: Oldest and sickest are least likely to have enough income|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Johnson, RW, Wang, CXiaozhi|
|Keywords||Community-dwelling, Financial burden, Long-term Care|
Paid home care can significantly improve the lives of older adults with disabilities and their families, but recipients often incur substantial out-of-pocket spending. We simulated the financial burden of paid home care for a nationally representative sample of non-Medicaid community-dwelling adults ages sixty-five and older. We found that 74 percent could fund at least two years of a moderate amount of paid home care if they liquidated all of their assets, and 58 percent could fund at least two years of an extensive amount of paid home care. Among older adults with significant disabilities, however, only 57 percent could fund at least two years of moderate paid home care by liquidating all of their assets, and 40 percent could fund at least two years of extensive paid home care. Paid home care could become less affordable if growing labor shortages raise future costs.
|Short Title||Health Affairs|