Approximately 12 million people in the U.S. require some form of home health care.

Almost two-thirds (63.8 percent) of home health care recipients are women. More than two-thirds (69.1 percent) of home health care recipients are over age 65. Conditions requiring home health care most frequently include diabetes, heart failure, chronic ulcers of the skin, osteoarthritis, and hypertension.

Medicare is the largest single payer of home care services. In 2009, Medicare spending was approximately 41 percent of the total home health care and hospice expenditure.

Elder Care

The demand for home health care aids will become more urgent in coming years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the first baby boomers turned 60 in 2006. They also predict the 65 and older elder population will grow from one in eight Americans today to one in six by 2020.

Currently, over one in every eight (or 12.9%) of the American population is age 65 or older. Some 70% of patients in home health care are age 65 and older. The number of these patients will nearly double over the next 20 years to a tune of about 72.1 million elder persons. Of these, more than 90% want to continue living in their own residences as long as they can.

The rate of disability increases with age. In 2006, 37% of elder Americans reported some type of disability including blindness, hearing loss, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. This increased to 56% of Americans ages 80 and over.

The average life expectancy for persons reaching age 65 has an additional 18.6 years (19.9 years for females and 17.2 years for males).

About 30% (11.3 million) of non-institutionalized older persons live alone.

Non-Elder Care or Disability Care

What about the non-elderly or those under 65 with disabilities? Usually when people think of home health care, they think of the elderly. But, home health care aids the younger generations too.

According to a new analysis by the Department of Health and Human Services, 50 to 129 million (19 to 50 percent of) non-elderly Americans have some type of pre-existing health condition. That is one in two Americans that have a pre-existing condition.

The most common pre-existing conditions reported are cancer, high cholesterol, diabetes, hyper tension, back/neck pain, sports injuries, asthma anxiety/depression, severe headaches/migraines, chronic bronchitis, liver conditions, stroke, emphysema, coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic ulcers of the skin, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

Disability Care


Disability Care

At Functional Independence Home Care, we pride ourselves in helping with health accommodations for every age, young or old. We provide a full list of special health care options and the quality staff to help.

More than 33,000 home health care providers exist today. Why choose us?

  • Licensed State of Tennessee Home Health Care Agency
  • CHAP accredited
  • TennCare, Medicare, Most Insurances, and Private Pay Referrals accepted
  • Reliable On-time Care at your Convenience & Dedicated Patient Care
  • Solid Reputation and Trusted Health Staff
  •  Large Geographic Service Area
    •  The agency services an area over 1,400 square miles in size with over 900,000 residents including 38002, 38016, 38017, 38018, 38019, 38053, 38057, 38060, 38063, 38066, 38068, 38103, 38104, 38105, 38106, 38107, 38108, 38109, 38111, 38112, 38114, 38115, 38116, 38117, 38118, 38119, 38122, 38125, 38126, 38127, 38128, 38133, 38134, 38135, 38138, 38166, 39109
  • Locally Owned
    • Locally owned business character & prosperity creates better local based decision-making and community well-being keeping dollars and jobs in Memphis economy and enriching the Memphis and surrounding area communities.
Sources:  Administration on Aging, U.S. Census Bureau, AARP study, Kaiser Family Foundation Survey