At Right at Home, we talk a lot of about the “care gap,” which is the gap between the care that hospitals provide and the care necessary to remain independent in one’s home. Things like meal preparation, house cleaning, or remembering to take medications come to mind, but there are many other “activities of daily living” in addition to these. As a reminder, you’ll find a list of our care services here.

In October 2008 the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released data showing the increasing number of discharges from hosptial to home health agencies and nursing homes. You can view the entire article here.

The increase in discharges to home health care and nursing homes reflects the rising number of hospital patients who are acutely ill or cannot take care of themselves after being discharged from the hospital, according to AHRQ.

There are lots of things to consider as you enter this business; one piece of the puzzle that is undeniable is the opportunity provided by the changing demographics in our country. People are living longer, and they will require care to remain independent. These latest numbers on hospital discharges are just the beginning.