A state-sponsored evaluation of aging in place (AIP) as an alternative to assisted living and nursing home has been underway in Missouri. Cost, physical, and mental health assessment data reveal the cost-effectiveness and positive health measures of AIP. Findings of the first four years of the AIP evaluation of two long-term care settings in Missouri with registered nurse care coordination are compared with national data for traditional long-term care. The combined care and housing cost for any resident who received care services beyond base services of AIP and who qualified for nursing home care has never approached or exceeded the cost of nursing home care at either location. Both mental health and physical health measures indicate the health restoration and independence effectiveness of the AIP model for long-term care.
Rantz, M.J., Phillips, L., Aud, M., Marek, K.D., Hicks, L.L., Zaniletti, I., & Miller, S.J. (2011). Evaluation of aging in place model with home care services and registered nurse care coordination in senior housing. Nursing Outlook, 59(1), 37-46.View the PDF