Texas is one of the top states for the number of home health care workers available to residents 75 years or older, according to the recently-released Senior Report from the United Health Foundation’s 2019 America’s Health Rankings.
The report reveals that nationally there are 550,000 more home health care workers than last year – a 21 percent rate increase per 1,000 adults age 75 and older. Medicare decedents’ use of hospice care, which can be provided while living at home, has increased in all 50 states and 48 percent overall since 2013.
Texas is also recognized as a top state for hospice care use and for its low prevalence of smoking.
Overall, the 2019 Senior Report ranks Texas the 40th healthiest state for seniors.
30 Years of America’s Health Rankings
The America’s Health Rankings Annual Report is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. In its 30th year, the Annual Report analyzes a comprehensive set of behaviors, community and environmental conditions, policies, clinical care, and outcomes data to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation.
You can read more about each state’s highlights and challenges, as well as how they rank, by accessing the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report at americashealthrankings.org.