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Home Care Could Help Target Preventable Health Care Use


Partnerships with providers of social services could be an avenue for reducing preventable health care use in older adults, and in-home care providers can play a role.

With social determinants of health and population health becoming more prominent in health care, cross-sectoral partnerships with Area

Agencies on Aging (AAA) could give home care and home health agencies an edge, the findings of a new study in Health Affairs suggest.

AAAs coordinate social services for older adults across the U.S. and regularly work to address social determinants of health. This is sometimes done in partnership with other health care organizations, such as long-term care facilities, behavioral and mental health organizations, hospitals and community health care providers.The agencies historically have provided, funded and coordinated a variety of services to enhance independence for older adults, such as in-home care, case management and transportation, the study noted.

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