Origins of Organized Home Care

By the year 2050, the U.S. population of people over the age of 65 is expected to surge to 88 million. There are more than 2 million home health care workers providing personal care and medical services for clients across the country, and the demand for these services is expected to continue to grow as the population ages.

Today, let’s take a look at the brief history of the Home Care Industry!

Reference : University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

In the early nineteenth century, care of the sick, birthing, and dying were all part of domestic life, while hospitals were places of last resort for those without families or caring neighbors. Families of sufficient financial means hired doctors, nurses, or midwives to deliver care in the patient’s home when assistance was required. By the end of the nineteenth century, benevolent ladies across the United States were creating organizations to send trained nurses into the homes of the sick poor to provide care and prevent the spread of their dangerous contagious diseases. But from the beginning, these organizations encountered what they described as the vexed question of the chronic patients: which of the chronically ill most deserved care, and how long could they be cared for before they threatened the organization’s financial viability? Clearly, limiting care to the acutely ill who through good nursing could be quickly returned to the care of their families seemed the most cost effective investment.