Frail Seniors Going Without Desperately Needed In-Home Healthcare, Study Finds


There is a tremendous disparity between the need for home-based medical care and the number of frail seniors actually receiving it, a new study finds. In many rural areas, the problem is so great that the researchers label it "remarkable."

"Most homebound seniors have not received medical care at home," said Nengliang "Aaron" Yao, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. "More medical house call programs are needed."

Suffering Seniors

To determine the use of home-based medical care, the researchers looked at Medicare claims from 2011 to 2014. About 7 percent of Medicare patients are frail. Among these older, frail patients, only about 9 percent received medica