March 8, 2011 -
America’s 75 million aging senior citizens soon will face decisions
about where and how to live as they age. Current options for long-term
care, including nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, are costly
and require seniors to move from place to place. University of Missouri
researchers have found that a new strategy for long-term care called
Aging in Place is less expensive and provides better health outcomes.
“Aging in Place
enables most older adults to remain in the same environment and receive
supportive health services as needed. With this type of care, most
people wouldn’t need to relocate to nursing homes.”
sequence of long-term care forces older adults to move from their homes
to senior housing, to assisted living and eventually to nursing homes as
their health and functional abilities decline, said Rantz.
Aging in Place (AIP) model provides services and care to meet
residents’ increasing needs to avoid relocation to higher levels of
care. AIP includes continuous care management, a combination of
personalized health services with nursing care coordination.
In a four-year
analysis of AIP, the total care costs for residents were thousands less
than traditional care options. Costs for living and health care never
approached the costs for nursing homes and assisted-living services. In
addition, AIP residents had improved mental and physical health
“The goal is to
restore people to their best possible health so they can remain
independent,” Rantz said. “Once they are healthy, the additional care
services are removed in order to minimize costs. AIP can be implemented
by health care facilities and made available to seniors throughout the
AIP is used at
TigerPlace, an independent living community that helps senior
residents stay healthy and active to avoid hospitalization and
relocation. Residents receive care services as they are needed and where
they want them – in the privacy of their apartments.
use sensors, computers and communication systems to discreetly monitor
residents’ health. Motion sensor networks detect changes in behavior and
physical activity, including walking and sleeping patterns.
Identification of changes can prompt interventions that can delay or
prevent serious health events.
“Evaluation of aging in place model with home care services and
registered nurse care coordination in senior housing,” was published in
the recent issue of Nursing Outlook. The research was funded in part by
the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, U.S. Administration on
Aging. The technology and aging research projects are funded by the
National Sciences Foundation, National Institute of Nursing Research,
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Alzheimer’s Association
TigerPlace is a
joint project of the Sinclair School of Nursing and Americare, a
long-term care company. For more information about AIP, visit:
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