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Study: Support Services a Good Alternative to Nursing Home
Posted By Sally Abrahms On April 8, 2014 @ 11:21 am In Take Care | Comments Disabled
You may feel you have stark choices for frail and elderly family members: Keep them at home without the help and support they need, or help them move to an assisted living  facility or a nursing home  to get those services.
A new report  from the Center for Housing Policy (CHP) encourages a third possibility: getting services for them in their home and community.
The report, produced by the research arm of the National Housing Conference , says that option is less expensive and allows older adults to maintain their quality of life, whether they live in an urban, suburban or rural area. It can also improve their health and help delay or avoid a move to a long-term care facility.
These support services include providing access to social activities, helping people with personal care and medication, offering respite care to caregivers, and providing home safety features and home repairs.
The need for more choices for older Americans is unquestionable: Nearly 2.6 million older adults say they have a hard time dealing with the demands of daily life, such as personal care. More than 65 percent of adults have multiple chronic conditions.
“Caregivers need to know that home and community-based services are another way to care for older adults who have chronic conditions or who become frail,” says Janet Viveiros, a research associate at CHP and coauthor of that report, Aging In Every Place: Supportive Service Programs for High and Low Density Communities. “It’s an alternative to the current paradigm, which is caring for older adults in institutional facilities.”
Check out the programs profiled in the report to learn more about what’s available:
Are there home- and community-based services near your loved one? Your local Area Agency on Aging  can help you locate what’s available.
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