An investigation by NPR into the U.S. government’s data on nursing home populations found that people aged 31 to 64 are now the fastest growing proportion of nursing homes residents.  Surprised?  Don’t be, says Nancy Miller, a researcher at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County: “as states face record budget gaps, the programs that help people live at home are cut”, forcing them to live in nursing homes.  In fact, NPR found that “[m]ore than 60 percent of what states spend on long-term care for the elderly and disabled goes to pay for people to live in a nursing home”.  According to NPR, this trend happening in “almost every state”, despite the fact that “the cost of attendant care is about a third the cost of providing care in a nursing home or institution” and that “federal laws and policies have established a civil right to get long-term care at home”.

Take a few minutes to listen to NPR’s piece, which also highlights the inspiring story of Michelle Fridley, a 33 year old quadriplegic who is advocating state governments to maintain or increase funding levels for at-home care, and share your thoughts with IAHSA.

A New Nursing Home Population: The Young

To read NPR’s full report, click here.