Many older adults need only a little support to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Assisted living and/or a nursing home is the last choice considered by the elderly and their families.
The cost, care, and loss of independence are, of course, determining factors. States, like Wyoming, have made a very wise investment in community-based service networks like senior centers, the Office of Aging, congregate and home-delivered meals and other services which all contribute to a reduced rate of “low-care” seniors in nursing homes.
“Low-care” seniors are those who need less expensive nursing home care to enjoy a better life quality, according to researchers at Brown University. The goal is to support and assist older folks to remain where they want to be within their own home, with their families and in their communities.
Brown University’s recent research, released in early December, rates Wyoming as one of the highest contributors to a reduced “low-care” senior group because our legislators have chosen to fund and support the efforts of our senior centers and the Office of Aging, as well as other senior agencies. I commend them for their endeavors to aid our state elders age with dignity.
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