UCLA Health Policy Brief -- Independence at Risk: Older Californians with Disabilities Struggle to Remain at Home as Public Supports Shrink

This policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, produced with support from The SCAN Foundation, presents findings from a year-long study that followed a small but typical set of older Californians with disabilities who depend on paid public programs and unpaid help to live safely and independently at home. All of those people who were surveyed share a common desire to maintain their independence at almost any cost.

UPDATED 2013: Please read the case studies that have been produced as a result of this research, which illustrate how changes in need and supports impact older adults in California. In-depth interviews were conducted with older adult consumers of In-Home Supportive Services and their caregivers; most receive other public supports and/or informal help as well.

  1. "Bertha"
  2. "Jill"
  3. "Vickie"
  4. "Yvette"
  5. "Fran"
  6. "Ana"
  7. "Michael"
  8. "Carmen"
  9. "Roy"
  10. "Ella"
  11. "Eileen"