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HUD Tests Model to Delay Nursing Home Care

According to a recent article, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has developed a plan for a supportive services model that would cut down on senior citizens’ emergency room (ER) visits, hospitalizations, and nursing home placements. With seniors already testing out demonstration communities throughout the country, HUD now is seeking some feedback from stakeholders in the project. So far, HUD has spent about $15 million in demonstration grants in order to test this new approach for senior services and healthcare. HUD designed these projects through several research initiatives, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

In support of these projects, HUD will be collecting health and wellness information from about 4,000 seniors who already are living in HUD-assisted senior housing sites. These communities employ a full-time enhanced service coordinator and a part-time wellness nurse, and are located in Illinois, California, Maryland, South Carolina, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Michigan. The goal of these projects is avoid more costly alternatives for seniors who need medical treatment and supportive services that can be addressed within their communities with the help of the new employees. For low-income seniors, this plan may delay their admission to a skilled nursing facility. This is referred to as “aging in place,” and it is also important given the huge growth in the number of senior citizens as the Baby Boomers continue to retire.

Boller & Vaughan knows the devastation that can occur when nursing homes and other long-term care facilities negligently allow their residents to be neglected and/or abused. Fortunately, we have the knowledge and the experience to help you through any type of elder abuse or neglect claim, particularly when injury results from a wholly preventable issue. No matter what type of nursing home facility abuse or neglect is at issue in your case, we can help. All too often, residents and their families are reluctant to demand justice for situations that occurred in the resident’s care. In this situation, you can count on your Madison elderly abuse attorneys to guide you through every step of the personal injury claims process. Contact us today for a free consultation.