COLUMBIA, Mo., March 17 (UPI) -- "Aging in place" is less expensive and provides better health outcomes for seniors than nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, U.S. researchers say.
Marilyn Rantz, professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri, says the conventional 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 health and abilities decline.
"Adults want to remain healthy and independent during their senior years, but traditional long-term care often diminishes seniors' independence and quality of life," Rantz says in 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."
The aging-in-place model includes continuous care management, a combination of personalized health services with nursing care coordination.
A four-year analysis found the total care costs for residents aging in place were thousands less than traditional care options, while the aging in place residents had improved mental and physical health outcomes.
The findings are published in the journal Nursing Outlook.