Personal Care Assistance in Rural America: Inadequate Distribution

Over 8 million people in the US have a self-care disability and need assistance to live and participate in their communities. Of those, nearly 20% (>1.5 million) live in rural areas. This study assessed county-level personal care assistance (PCA) worker-to-need ratios across each of the states to assess the match between supply of PCAs in rural states and communities where PCA help is most needed. The data and findings are presented in a sophisticated online presentation that graphically highlights demographics and distribution across the US.