Home sweet home.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nursing home patients (Care and treatment)
Nursing home patients (Case studies)
Nursing home patients (Beliefs, opinions and attitudes)
Nursing homes (Services)
Pub Date: 09/22/2010
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Fall, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information
Product: Product Code: 8050000 Nursing & Rest Homes; 8366000 Homes for Aged NAICS Code: 623 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities; 623312 Homes for the Elderly SIC Code: 8051 Skilled nursing care facilities; 8052 Intermediate care facilities; 8059 Nursing and personal care, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 266957294
Full Text: For most older adults in long-term care, nursing homes are the last place they'll ever live, and many give up hope on ever returning to their homes.

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But Human Ecology researchers have evaluated Project Home, an innovative person-centered approach that shows great promise for nursing home residents to once again live in their oommunitips

"It's very common for nursing home residents to express their desire to return home," said study director Rhoda Meador, associate director of extension and outreach in Human Ecology. "The idea with Project Home is that, with extra support and focus on an individual's unique needs, those wishes can become possible."

The pilot program, based in Syracuse, N.Y., offered intensive case management to 60 residents at area nursing homes who wanted to move to community-based living arrangements. Project Home staff worked to overcome the usual medical, psychosocial, and logistical hurdles that typically keep people in nursing homes for the long term. Every detail of the transition--from finding adequate and affordable housing, to filling prescriptions and planning for medical needs, to keeping a refrigerator stocked--was accounted for. In the study, about 60 percent of participants were successfully discharged into the community.

"Project Home is part of a growing effort in long-term care settings to put the needs of individuals first," Meador said. "It shows what great success is possible when you become an advocate for people and take extra steps to get them back in the community."

Other Cornell collaborators on the study, funded in part by a grant from the Community Health Foundation of Western & Central New York, included Karl Pillemer, associate dean for extension and outreach; Charles Henderson, senior research associate in human development; graduate student Emily Kahoe Chen; and Leslie Schultz, research support specialist at the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging.
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