Hospice News April 16, 2021
Patients with disabilities are largely underserved by hospices, but they represent a growing need as well as an untapped market for providers. Hospice companies are developing programs to meet the specific concerns of these patients to improve access to care.
Almost 40% of people 65 and older had at least one disability from 2008 to 2012, according to a 2014 U.S. Census Bureau report. More than a quarter (25.4%) of disabled seniors were 85 or older, though that age group represented slightly more than 13% of the nation’s aging population, the report found. California, Florida, New York and Texas had the largest concentrations of older adults with disabilities.
These statistics can help to anticipate future disability prevalence in the older...