From “A Shift From Nursing Homes to Managed Care at Home” in the New York Times:
Faced with soaring health care costs and shrinking Medicare and Medicaid financing, nursing home operators are closing some facilities and embracing an emerging model of care that allows many elderly patients to remain in their homes and still receive the medical and social services available in institutions. [...]
In the newer model, a team of doctors, social workers, physical and occupational therapists and other specialists provides managed care for individual patients at home, at adult day-care centers and in visits to specialists. Studies suggest that it can be less expensive than traditional nursing homes while providing better medical outcomes. [...]
Most elderly people want to live out their lives at home, a desire evident in interviews in the [Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly] center the archdiocese opened in 2009 in Harlem, which has a staff of three doctors and is visited regularly by a dentist, a podiatrist and a psychiatrist.
Similarly, many of our Human Service non-profits are dedicated to ensuring that area seniors can indeed “live out their lives at home” and remain connected to the surrounding community:
Capitol Hill Village: over 250 volunteers are ready to provide a ride to the pharmacy, doctor, or grocery store, help with housekeeping, paperwork, or meal preparation.
The Downtown Cluster’s Geriatric Day Care Center: the Center provides therapeutic and supportive services to functionally impaired, elderly Washingtonians, 65% of whom have incomes at or below the poverty line.
Seabury Resources for Aging: for seniors in Northeast Washington who wish to remain at home, Age-in-Place provides house and yard maintenance, delivered meals, transportation coordination, and counseling.
The Senior Connection of Montgomery County: TSC offers “escorted transportation” services for those who need someone to walk with them, wait with them, and sometimes hold their hand during a procedure.
Senior Services of Alexandria: SSA delivers 54,000 Meals on Wheels to the homes of more than 100 vulnerable, homebound seniors who cannot safely cook for themselves.