October 4, 2022
Inequities and SDOH
  • A study published in Health Affairs uncovered that areas that have the highest percentage of adults with conditions that interfere with daily activities also have fewest personal care aids per capita to help them. The study found that the number of adults with self-care disabilities was highest in the South, and the states with the lowest number of personal care aids per 1,000 adults with a self-care disability were also mostly in the South. The authors listed possible ways to boost the number of persona care aids, including increasing wages and benefits, improving training and career development options, adding flexibility to state Medicaid waiver programs to pay family caregivers for providing personal care services, and providing incentives and compensation for travel. (Study here)