Older Americans Act:

Eldercare Public-Private Partnerships

PEMD-93-20: Published: Apr 16, 1993. Publicly Released: May 18, 1993.

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Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO provided information on whether the aging network's public-private partnerships provided adequate resources to area agencies on aging (AAA) and whether AAA used these resources to help balance decreasing funds and growing demands for services, focusing on the extent: (1) and nature of the partnerships; and (2) that partnerships have resulted in additional funding or other advantages for the aging network.

GAO found that: (1) by 1992, few AAA had entered into public-private partnerships to provide information and referral or case management services; (2) most AAA partnerships have provided enhanced information services rather than case management services; (3) AAA partnerships are limited in scope and most AAA use existing staff to provide eldercare services; (4) AAA partnerships do not generate enough profits to offset decreasing supplemental resources or finance significant amounts of additional services; (5) of the 31 AAA partnerships that reported income and cost data for eldercare services, 15 showed a net profit generated from the partnerships, 13 broke even, and 3 reported net losses; and (6) 11 out of the 15 partnerships that reported net profits used additional funds for maintaining or increasing services.

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