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Homebound Status and the Critical Role of Caregiving Support

The homebound population relies on both paid and family caregivers to meet their complex care needs. In order to examine the association between intensity of caregiving support and leaving the home, we identified a population of community-dwelling, homebound Medicare beneficiaries age ≥65 (n = 1,852) enrolled in the 2015 National Health and Aging Trends Study and measured the support they received from paid and family caregivers. Those who had ≥20 h of caregiving support per week had 50% less odds of being "exclusively homebound" (rarely or never leave home) (OR 0.56, p < .01). Policies that facilitate increased support for family caregivers and better access to paid caregivers may allow homebound individuals who would otherwise be isolated at home to utilize existing community-based long-term care services and supports.

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Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Journal article
Publisher
Informa Healthcare
ISBN/ISSN
1545-0821
Publication Year
2020
Issue Number
6
Journal Titles
Journal Of Aging & Social Policy
Volume Number
32
Start Page
590
End Page
603