Advanced Planning for Home Services for Seniors
About this Project
Remaining in their own home is one of the highest priorities of most older adults. Seniors rarely believe that they will be hospitalized, although people aged 65 years account for 35% of hospitalizations annually. As a result of hospitalizations, seniors experience functional decline with placement in nursing homes. Seniors are often left out of critical decision making on their long-term care. Stressed family members choose nursing facilities while the senior is hospitalized and, in many cases, make decisions to move seniors out of their homes. If seniors and their families understand home care services and plan for health events (e.g., hospitalizations, functional loss), then seniors could potentially remain safely in their homes longer. The goal of this proposal is to develop and test an advance planning tool to help seniors understand projected health needs and plan ways to remain in their own homes when these crises occur. The goal of this study is to develop and test an advance planning tool to help seniors understand projected health needs and plan ways to remain in thier own homes when these crises occur.