“Nursing homes and other senior living facilities are not the only places where COVID-19 is creating a health care crisis for frail older adults and their care providers. The other setting at risk: private homes, where the vast majority of older adults get both personal and post-acute care. And the pandemic is creating enormous challenges for those seniors, their families, and the workers and home care agencies that provide those critical services.
Roughly 12 million people receive some form of care at home, compared to about 2 million who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Yet, few have noticed that many of the nation’s more than 12,000 home health agencies are under increasing financial and clinical pressure that put their ability to support families at risk….”