Francis J. Serbaroli ()
For generations, as people aged, too many of the frail elderly found themselves placed in nursing homes where many of them stayed for the remainder of their lives. Fortunately, today, there is a medical and social consensus that elderly people should be encouraged to stay in their own homes, and as needed, to receive appropriate support services for as long as they reasonably can. This is not only far more humane to the elderly, but in most cases it is their own clear preference. Moreover, being able to “age in place” can also reduce the sizable expenses associated with long-term nursing home care, particularly for the Medicaid program. For example, a senior citizen who has had a stroke may be hospitalized to receive treatment for the stroke, then spend some time in a skilled nursing facility to receive physical therapy and rehabilitative services, and then be returned home to continue recuperating with the assistance of a home health care services provider.
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