Navigation Links
Funding Meals on Wheels Keeps Seniors Independent: Study
Date:12/7/2012

FRIDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Meals delivered to older adults help them avoid costly and unnecessary nursing home care, according to a new study.

Researchers from Brown University found states that invest in these programs under the Older Americans Act are successful in helping seniors remain in their homes.

"Despite efforts to re-balance long-term care, there are still many nursing home residents who have the functional capacity to live in a less restrictive environment," wrote study authors Kali Thomas and Vincent Mor, both gerontology researchers. "States that have invested in their community-based service networks, particularly home-delivered meals, have proportionally fewer of these people than do those states that have not."

After analyzing spending and data on more than 16,000 nursing homes between 2000 and 2009, the researchers found the proportion of nursing home residents who did not require most of the services of their facility, or low-care residents, fell from about 18 percent to less than 13 percent.

After taking into account state spending on Medicaid-sponsored home and community-based services and other long-term care market factors, the researchers found home-based meals were the only statistically significant factor among Older Americans Act programs that influenced differences in the number of low-care nursing home residents.

State to state, however, the percentage of low-care nursing home residents varies significantly since funding for programs that provide home-delivered meals to seniors also differs. The researchers calculated states could reduce their percentage of low-care nursing home residents compared to the national average by one point for every $25 per year per senior above the national average they spend on these programs.

The study is published in Health Services Research.

"My 98-year-old granny was able to remain at home, independent in her house until she died, and we have always, even before I did this research, attributed that to Meals on Wheels," Thomas, who is also a Rhode Island Meals on Wheels volunteer, said in a university news release. "She lived four hours away from any family and refused to leave her house. We had comfort in knowing that every day someone was in her house to see how things are."

The study authors said drivers who deliver meals are able to observe and monitor the environment in which the seniors are living. They also report when seniors do not respond to a delivery, which serves as an additional safety measure.

Home-delivered meals served more than 868,000 seniors in fiscal 2010 and account for the majority of Older Americans Act spending, the researchers noted. Skilled nursing care, they added, also played a role in keeping older people out of nursing homes.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides more information on the Older Americans Act.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Brown University, news release, Dec. 4, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. UCLA Brain Injury Research Center gets NCAA funding for research on sports concussions
2. Study reveals major funding shortfall and high death rates for emergency laparotomy
3. New study of NIH funding allocations suggests potential efficiency gains
4. Canada should significantly increase its funding of randomized clinical trials
5. UCI stem cell researcher to receive $4.8 million in state funding
6. UC San Diego researchers receive new CIRM funding
7. 29 Johns Hopkins stem cell researchers awarded funding
8. Save the Children report shows global health funding often ignores newborn babies
9. Aging Brain Care model receives $7.8 million in CMS innovation funding
10. Funding for teacher classroom management study
11. Louisiana Tech biomedical engineering professor earns recognition, funding for research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Funding Meals on Wheels Keeps Seniors Independent: Study
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, has released ... understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints a picture ... Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says that is ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), ... will showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual ... Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of ... Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, ... In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts ... Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology ... of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Vohra Chief Medical ... to physician colleagues, skilled nursing facility medical directors and other clinicians at various ... Wound Care." , "At many of these conferences we get to educate other ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... Israel and NEW YORK , Sept. 27, ... with mobile health and big data solutions, today announced that its MyDario ... Please check your local TV listings for when The Dr. Oz Show ... ... season this month. ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader in the ... today announced the launch of EpiVax Oncology Inc., ... therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided $500,000 in ... enabling technologies to the new precision immunotherapy venture. ... Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad brings over ...
(Date:9/22/2017)...  As the latest Obamacare repeal effort moves is ... (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) medical device ... industry is in an odd place.  The industry wants ... tax on medical device sales passed along with the ... increased visits and hospital customers with the funding to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: