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Anthony Cirillo

ADL Needs Increasing Slightly

By January 30, 2013

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The CDC's National Health Interview Survey (1997-2011) shows that in 2011, 7.3% of adults aged 65 and over needed help with personal care from other persons, up .3% from the 2010 estimate of 7.0%.

The percentage of older adults who needed help with personal care from other persons was lowest in 2006 (6.1%) and highest in 2011 (7.3%).

For both sexes combined, adults aged 85 and over (22.4%) were more than six times as likely as adults aged 65-74 (3.6%) to need help with personal care from other persons.

For adults aged 65-74, 75-84, and 85 and over, women were more likely than men to need help with personal care from other persons.

The age-sex-adjusted percentage of persons who needed help with personal care from other persons was 10.0% for Hispanic persons, 6.6% for non-Hispanic white persons, and 10.8% for non-Hispanic black persons. Non-Hispanic white persons were less likely to need help with personal care from other persons than Hispanic persons and non-Hispanic black persons.

While the percentage increase rose only slightly from 2010 to 2011, what is disturbing is that in the 14 year span of the report 2011 recorded the highest need for assistance with activities of daily living. That may be the more compelling statistic and hint to a trend of people needing more care.

While that bodes well for the industry, providers need to realize that people will want that assistance on their own terms and most likely in their own house. So four-walled providers need to continually think about how to extend their brand into the community. Survival depends on it.

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