Upsurge in Elderly Home Care
America's elderly population is fast-growing, and thus so are the demands on the nation's health care system. Congress and the Reagan administration have begun to examine home health care as part of a solution to the long-term care requirements of the elderly. Their needs, present and future, are being studied by an administration task force whose report is due by Dec. 15. The elderly's present needs, combined with new Medicare limits on hospitalization. have caused a boom in home health care services. The boom is attracting for-profit companies to a field once served almost solely by nonprofit agencies, creating a multibillion-dollar industry.
It is an industry whose expanded range of products and services holds great promise for many of the 27 ...