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Strategy A. Bridging Health Care with Home

Routine and Personal Care Needs: Percent of adults age 18 or older with a self-identified difficulty who need help with handling personal care needs (ADLs)

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About the Indicator

Master Plan for Aging Goal Two: Health Reimagined focuses on access to the services older adults and people with disabilities need to live at home and to optimize their health and quality of life. These services include help with handling routine and personal care needs. Routine needs refer to instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), such as everyday household chores, doing necessary business, shopping, or getting around for other purposes. Personal care needs refer to activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around inside your home. Information about which of these types of services are needed, and by whom, can help inform policy decisions about how to improve access to services for older adults and people with disabilities.

This indicator provides data on the types of help needed (if any) by adults age 18 or older who self-identify as having difficulties with concentrating, remembering, or making decisions; dressing or bathing; and/or doing errands alone. Data on four categories of help are included: 1) “Need help with both routine and personal care needs (ADLs and IADLs)”; 2) “Only need help in personal care needs (ADLs)”; 3) “Only need help with routine care needs (IADLs)”; 4) “Need help handling routine needs (IADLs)”; and 5) ”Need help handling personal care needs (ADLs)”.

Check out the Health Reimagined Goal Page to explore dynamic visualizations and view more detailed data related to this topic. In addition, check out the Caregiving that Works Goal Page to explore dynamic visualizations and view more detailed data related to family and friend caregivers: Adults age 18 or older who provided care within the past 12 months to a family member or friend with a serious or chronic illness or disability.

About the Data

To learn more about our data sources and methodologies, please see the Data Dashboard for Aging - About the Data Technical Guide.

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