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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a multiauthored series of papers reprinted from Journal of Housing for the Elderly on linking housing and services for older persons.
Purpose: Its purpose is to review the complex nexus that exists between housing and services for older persons, including state policies and financing mechanisms. This is a rapidly growing area that will continue to be of importance in the future.
Audience: The audience is gerontologists, social planners, urban planners, designers, social workers, policy makers for the states and those who consider financing care for older persons. The authors are all experts in the field.
Features: The book contains chapters on policy issues, the nexus of housing and services for older persons and descriptions of particular state programs. The chapter on the Coming Home Program — an initiative to help states organize supportive housing for poor and rural older persons — is the final chapter in the book and nicely integrates and caps the presentations preceding it.
Assessment: We can write prescriptions for pills, wheelchairs, even institutionalization, but not for a roof over an older person's head. Do you know why that is? This book provides the answer in a very good way. It goes on to explain how care (supportive services) can be provided in this housing and nicely contrasts home care from care provided in assisted living. The guidance for states in making the best policy decisions about funding and organizing supportive housing are lasting contributions of this very worthwhile book.