The Gerontologist, Vol 32, Issue 5 641-646, Copyright © 1992 by The Gerontological Society of America
Functional limitations among home health care users in the National Health Interview Survey Supplement on Aging
L Fredman, JA Droge and DL Rabin
Department of Family Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore 21201.
A case-control study compared home health care (HHC) users from the 1984
Supplement on Aging to users of other community services and of no
community service, matched on age and gender. Examination of specific
activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living
(IADLs), and sociodemographic variables showed that HHC users were
significantly more limited than controls in every ADL and IADL. In
multivariate analyses, HHC use was significantly associated with three ADLs
(dressing, going outside, bathing), two IADLs (shopping, heavy housework),
and poor health status.