The University of Missouri (MU) Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) stepped up to the challenge of creating a different way of supporting older adults as they age, providing care on their own terms. Working with stakeholders, including consumers, politicians, community leaders, and long-term care advocates, MUSSON opened a home healthcare agency and partnered with Americare Systems, Inc. to build a new senior living community focused on care coordination. This new model of care is called Aging in Place (AIP) and implementation of the model required strategic planning for shifting public policy, ongoing project effectiveness evaluations, stakeholder involvement, building a business for the AIP project, developing the care coordination program, passing legislation to enable building a demonstration site, building and operating the demonstration site, and overcoming challenges to diffusion of the care model. The goal of AIP is to allow older people to remain in the environment of their choice for as long as they wish without fear of forced relocation to a higher level of care (assisted living or nursing home). This chapter will discuss how public policy was successfully influenced by engaging others to create a much-needed new model of care coordination for older adults living in the United States.
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