Study: Service Coordinators in Senior Housing Reduce Hospitalizations
Senior housing owners and operators have known for years that services that help residents age in place reduce unnecessary spending on health care. A new study now confirms this belief.
The LeadingAge Center for Housing Plus Services released a new report last week entitled: Affordable Senior Housing Plus Services: What’s the Value? Examining The Association Between Available Onsite Services and Health Care Use and Spending. The report indicated that resident service coordinators in subsidized senior hosuing developments reduced hospitalizations by 18 percent.
The study, conducted jointly with The Lewin Group, and funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, was designed "to shed further light on the value of linking affordable senior housing settings with health and supportive services to help address resident needs," according to the Executive Summary.
"Residents living in housing with on-site service coordinators had significantly lower hospitalization rates than those without this position." This key finding supports previous research indicating positive effects associated with service coordination, accoring to the study.
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