New poll reveals that 74 percent of Americans want care at home


November 10, 2010

A new poll conducted by Harris Interactive found that three out of every four Americans would prefer to have their parents or spouse age at home, even if it means extra caregiving responsibilities, with a total of 74 percent of participants claiming they would rather have a chronically ill loved one nearby, instead of at an assisted living facility.

Slightly more than half of family members also want to keep an older adult at home while he or she is recovering from surgery.

This survey shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for solutions that can help with healthcare at home. A total of 19 percent of respondents stated that they are working with homecare agencies or skilled nurses to care for a spouse or parent. Only 43 percent of these family caregivers were 50 or older and 61 percent were women.

Perhaps most interestingly, this trend is set to grow – over a third of those polled expected that their responsibilities would increase within the next five years.

Caregivers who are looking for an effective way to reduce their stress levels and ensure that an older adult is able to safely age at home may want to invest in a medical alarm system. This device can allow seniors to instantly send a personal emergency response message to loved ones or doctors if they are in need of assistance.