Hourly care received by people with Alzheimer's disease: results from an urban, community survey

Gerontologist. 1998 Dec;38(6):704-14. doi: 10.1093/geront/38.6.704.


People with Alzheimer's disease living in a defined community in New York City were identified and assessed on two occasions to determine the number of hours of activities of daily living (ADL) care they received. Nearly half received all care hours from informal sources; however, a quarter received all ADL care hours from formal sources. The mean number of daily ADL hours in the sample was 9.7, of which 4.2 came from formal sources. This reflects the extensive use of Medicaid-based home care services in New York City. As dementia worsened, substitution of formal for informal care was rare, but formal care assumed a greater proportion of total care hours.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alzheimer Disease* / diagnosis
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Caregivers*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Medicaid
  • New York City
  • Regression Analysis
  • Time Factors
  • United States
  • Urban Population