Home Care Delivers Freedom: Home Care Nurses, Aides and Therapists Drive 7.88 Billion Miles in 2013 To Reach Shut-in Patients

Source: Foundation for Hospice and Homecare, December 2015

From the press release:
A new study released at a press conference on Tuesday, December 15, by the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), has documented that nurses, therapists and home care aides who serve chronically ill, elderly and disabled patients drive nearly 8 billion miles each year. Annually serving over 14 million patients of all ages, the nation’s home care organizations provided more than 718 million home care visits in 2013. ….

….. According to the study, which is based on federal health care spending and utilization data and augmented by responses to a nationwide survey, home care nurses travel 21,589,041 miles per day. That means, in one day, home care nurses travel distances equivalent to:
• 867 time around the earth (24,901 miles)
• 45 round-trips to the moon (477,800 miles)
• 461 times the total distance of the U.S. interstate highway system (46,876)
• 7,465 trips across the contiguous U.S. at its widest point (2,892)
Annually, the 7.88 billion miles traveled by home care in 2013 is equivalent to:
• 2.7 million trips across the contiguous U.S. at its widest point (2,892 miles)
• 316,453 times around the earth (24,901 miles)
• 17,462 round-trips to the moon (477,800 miles)
• 164,383 times traveling the total distance of the U.S. interstate highway system (46,876 miles)
• 42 round-trips to the sun (185.9 million miles)
• 5 times further than the total distance driven by the Postal Service in 2013 (1.25 billion miles)
• 8.6 times further than the total distance driven by FedEx per year (912 million miles)
Other noteworthy facts include:
• The number of miles traveled by home care per year is greater than the total population of the world (7.4 billion people).
• It would take 81.3 trillion dollar bills lined up to reach 7.88 billion miles.
• Pluto is 4.67 billion miles away and it took nine years to travel there, while home care traveled that far in 7 months.
• Halley’s Comet takes 75.3 years to travel 1.39 billion miles.
• At the speed of light, it would take 11.7 hours to travel 7.88 billion miles, the distance traveled by home care each year.