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Indicator 2 6 : In-home help for older people
Goal: People in need will receive support that helps them live as independently as they can. This goal reflects the value Minnesotans place on independence and personal responsibility, but also recognizes that at times people may need to rely on others for assistance. Unlike most other Minnesota Milestones goals, this one relies not just on indicators of outcomes but also on indicators of participation in public programs. However, progress in providing help does not necessarily mean progress in independent living.
Rationale: This indicator measures the extent to which seniors get the help they need to live in their own homes.Percentage of people age 60 and older who need help with heavy housework
Data source: Minnesota Board on AgingPercentage of people age 60 and older who need help with heavy housework, who get help
Data source: Minnesota Board on Aging
About this indicator: Since 1995, the percentage of older people who need help with heavy housework appears to have declined slightly, and the percentage getting needed help has improved. Respondents to a statewide survey in 2001 were asked Do you have any difficulty doing heavy housework, like scrubbing floors, mowing the grass, or washing windows, because of a health or physical problem? Of the 28 percent who said they needed help, 86 percent said they were getting the help they needed. In 1995, 31 percent said they needed help, and 81 percent said they got the help they needed.
Things to think about: The number of older Minnesotans is growing rapidly. Although most people over age 60 don't need help with heavy housework, the number of older adults needing help will continue to increase because of the growth of the elderly population. The number of Minnesotans over age 80 is expected to rise dramatically by 2030 as the Baby Boomers begin to reach that age.
According to the Federal Administration on Aging, families are the mainstay in long-term care of older persons in the United States. More than 7 million people help older persons, including family members, in their communities with daily tasks.
Technical notes: The survey of older Minnesotans is a statewide telephone survey of 1200 randomly selected, non-institutionalized Minnesotans over age 55. The survey sample was changed in the 2001 survey, but the question remained the same.
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