ELDERLY LESS LIKELY TO ENTER NURSING HOME IN STATES WITH MORE SERVICES
Senior citizens who do not have children to help care for them are less likely to have to go into a nursing home if they live in a state that spends more on home- and community- based services, researchers have found. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago report the finding in the May 11 issue of the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Some states spend as little as $35 per person each year on home and community-based services for seniors, while other states spend more than $1,300 per person annually, according to previous research. Regardless of how much was spent on home- and community-based services, the researchers found that doubling states’ spending on services would reduce the risk of nursing home admission among childless seniors by 35 percent.