More Changes in LTC Populations
In previous blogs I have spoken about the changing trends in nursing homes. One of the trends I have mentioned is the increasing number of residents in nursing homes who are in the young adult and middle adult ages. This is adding to the complexity of the nursing home environment. Moreover, understanding and implementing different psychosocial programs will be imperative. These programs will need to take into consideration a broader age group found within nursing homes than has typically been taken into consideration in the past. In addition, the skill set for dealing with the nursing home population will need to broaden as well, to help address many of the needs of those who are entering these facilities at younger ages.
This article provides some information on the change in the nursing home population. It reports something that is quite astonishing--that individuals between the ages of 31 to 64 have been entering nursing homes at a higher rate than those who are 65 years of age and older over the last eight years! This figure provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is amazing to say the least.