Stability and changes in living arrangements: relationship to nursing home admission and timing of placement.

TitleStability and changes in living arrangements: relationship to nursing home admission and timing of placement.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKasper, JD, Pezzin, LE, J Rice, B
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date Published2010 Nov
ISSN Number1758-5368
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Family Characteristics, Female, Health Status, Homes for the Aged, Humans, Institutionalization, Male, Marital Status, Multivariate Analysis, Nursing homes, Risk Factors, Single Person, Socioeconomic factors, Time Factors, United States

OBJECTIVES: To examine whether stability of living arrangements and changes in household composition-both types and frequency-influence nursing home placement or timing to entry among older people.

METHODS: Data from the first 5 waves of the Assets and Health Dynamics of the Elderly (1993-2002) on 8,093 persons aged 70 years or older at baseline are used in probit and hazard models to predict nursing home entry and time to entry.

RESULTS: Stable living arrangements carry different risks of institutionalization. Those living continuously alone or with others were at highest risk; at lowest risk were those living continuously with a spouse or the same child (lowest overall). Changes in household composition were protective against nursing home entry and slowed time to entry; types of change were not influential when number of changes was taken into account.

DISCUSSION: Results suggest that stability of living arrangements in and of itself is not protective against institutionalization. Having options that allow one to change living arrangements over time in response to changing needs for assistance is of importance if the goal is to avoid institutional care or extend community residence prior to entry.

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nursing homes/housing/household composition/institutional care

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Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Citation Key7465
PubMed ID20442211
PubMed Central IDPMC2954324
Grant ListR01 AG025475 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States