For older adults, there’s no place like home

November 12th, 2010

Many older adults living in nursing homes wish to one day return home.  Researchers at Cornell evaluated Project Home, a pilot study based out of Syracuse N.Y.  Project Home staff worked to overcome the usual medical, psychosocial, and logistical hurdles that keep people in nursing homes for the long term, offering intensive case management to 60 residents in long-term care.  The Cornell evaluation project found that a person-centered approach shows great promise in helping nursing home residents move back to the community, allowing nearly 60 percent of study participants to successfully return home.  “It’s very common for older adults to express their desire to return home,” said co-principal investigator Rhoda Meador, associate director of outreach and extension in the College of 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.”

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