The Center for Home Care Policy & Research of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York conducted a project designed to:
The methods used to achieve these objectives included identifying key issues in long-term care, commissioning papers on these topics, convening topic-focused meetings with the participation of researchers and decision-makers and producing special reports and policy briefs synthesizing the findings of these activities.
Staff at the Center for Home Care Policy & Research:
Despite fiscal crises and budget cuts, some states continued to develop and expand home- and community-based service options in response to popular demand and the desire to reduce long-term-care costs.
Access to affordable, elder-friendly housing is a key predictor of whether older adults can remain in their own homes as they grow older.
"Service-enriched housing" provides alternatives to costly institutionalization, enables local service providers to deliver services more efficiently and benefits residents, who can retain their independence longer in settings of their choice.
From 2000 to 2002, the number of Medicaid beneficiaries receiving long-term-care services in group residential settings outside of nursing homes increased by 75 percent. States generally do not regulate the nomenclature used by residential care settings-for example, a term such as assisted living often is used indiscriminately to describe a range of housing and service types.