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Needed but did not get home health care, past 12 months

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NOTHOMCARE indicates whether the person needed but did not get home health care during the past 12 months. NOTHOMCARE reports responses to the question, "During the past 12 months, was there a time when [person] needed any kind of the following services, but did not get them ... home health care?" The question was intended to determine whether access to this specific type of health care was restricted at any time during the previous year, for any reason.

Definition of Home Health Care 

The Field Representative's Manual for 2001 contains the following detailed definition of home health care:

Home health care consists of medical or personal care services provided in the individual's home. The services that home care agencies provide may be fairly simple, ranging from monitoring blood pressure to coordinating medication, to the highly complex, such as intravenous infusion therapy or care for AIDS patients. Home health agencies also can provide personal care, which includes such functions as bathing or housekeeping, to maintain a person in his or her own home.

Related Variables 

NOTCARE indicates whether the person needed medical care or surgery but did not get it during the past 12 months. Other variables indicating specific types of medical care that the person needed but did not receive during the past 12 months include: NOTADULTDAY (for adult day care); NOTASSTLIVE (for assisted living); NOTDENTAL (for dental services); NOTGLASS(for eyeglasses); NOTHOSPICE (for hospice care); NOTMEDS (for prescription medications); NOTMENTAL (for mental health services); and NOTNURSHOME (for nursing home care).


This variable is only available for 2001.


  • 2001: Persons age 18+.


  • 2001