Aging in community offers better quality of life and more cost-effective care, but nursing homes need funding and staffing to meet needs of residents admitted later in life, say U of A researchers.
Nursing homes fill a vital role for older adults unable to remain at home or in other supportive environments.
Nursing home care is costly to governments. In 2017, Canadian governments spent close to $19 billion on care provided in nursing homes and supportive living facilities. Individuals are also expected to contribute to their stay and spent more than $8 million in 2017.
What can we learn from provinces with differing policy approaches to aging in place?
Our recent study shows that policies directed at aging in the community reduce the overall length of stay in nursing homes, but that such residents are entering nursing homes with more complex care needs—a reality not yet reflected in nursing home care funding, training and staffing.
We used Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) longitudinal data to assess the avera...