Posted by: Bert Copple | November 18, 2010

Project to Transfer Seniors from Nursing Homes Back to the Community

Nursing homes are the last place most older adults in long-term care will live, and many lose hope for ever returning home.

But a Cornell evaluation project found that a “person-centered approach” showed true progress towards returning nursing home residents back to their homes in the community, and it allowed 60% of the study’s participants to successfully move back home.

“It’s very common for older adults to express their desire to return home,” said co-principal investigator Rhoda Meador, associate director of outreach and extension in the College of Human Ecology. “The idea with Project Home is that, with extra support and focus on an individual’s unique needs, those wishes can become possible.”

The study also detailed what the most common barriers to transferring from the nursing home to the community setting; people receiving Medicaid were significantly less likely to be discharged, and this might suggest that financial hardship hampers the ability to get back home. Some other obstacles are: having poor physical health; requiring round the clock care; limited housing options; lack of support for aid in daily living.

Previous studies estimate 5 to 12 percent of the 1.4 million nursing home residents in the US are “low-need,” meaning they can live at home with minimal care. Therefore, Meador and Pillemer noted, getting people out of institutional care could net a significant cost savings for seniors, their families and taxpayers.

This just goes to prove how viable it is for seniors to continue to live at home. There are numerous options for helping a loved one live back at home, especially Home Instead Senior Care’s home care services. No matter what their need, your loved one has the guarantee of being in good hands and living well under Home Instead’s care.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding caregivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.



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