Academic journal article Human Ecology

Home Sweet Home

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Home Sweet Home

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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. …

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