We came across this study recently by the University of Missouri’s Aging in Place project. The study found that seniors have better outcomes when they age in place rather than moving from place to place as their needs change.
“Adults want to remain healthy and independent during their senior years, but traditional long-term care often diminishes seniors’ independence and quality of life,” said Marilyn Rantz, professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing through a statement. “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.”
In a four-year analysis of the Aging in Place project, 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, according to a release, AIP residents had improved mental and physical health outcomes.
“The goal is to restore people to their best possible health so they can remain independent,” Rantz added. “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 country.”
According to Marilyn Rantz, a professor at the school of nursing and project director of TigerPlace, an elder housing project, “Traditional long-term care often diminishes seniors’ independence and quality of life.”
Residents at TigerPlace, part of the AIP project, receive care when they need it in the privacy of their own apartments. In addition to costs that were significantly lower than assisted living or nursing homes, the TigerPlace residents had improved mental and physical health outcomes and very high satisfaction with the program.
The study, “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 and others.
For more information about AIP, visit: http://agingmo.com/.
Harry Burns, a Certified Aging-in-Place specialist, is founder of Home Evolutions LLC (http://www.homeevolutions.com/) which provides customized, high-quality building and remodeling services for people with disabilities and older adults wishing to maintain their independence. His company specializes in assessment, modification, design/build and maintenance services.