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Aging in Place Preserves Seniors’ Independence, Reduces Care Costs, Researchers Find

Aging in Place Preserves Seniors’ Independence, Reduces Care Costs, Researchers Find

From the March 7 2011 Science Daily news item

ScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2011) — America’s 75 million aging adults 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….

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 outcomes.

“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 country.”

 

March 8, 2011 - Posted by | Medical and Health Research News | , , , ,

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