Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults: Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities

Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults: Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities

by Jon Pynoos, Penny Hollander Feldman, Joann Ahrens
     
 

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Packaging supportive services with housing—a pressing issue for older adults

The population of older adults is expected to explode in the coming years. Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults: Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities examines a crucial, complex, and often overlooked issue for policymakers and the public at large: older adults’… See more details below

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Packaging supportive services with housing—a pressing issue for older adults

The population of older adults is expected to explode in the coming years. Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults: Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities examines a crucial, complex, and often overlooked issue for policymakers and the public at large: older adults’ increasing needs for housing and supportive long-term care services. As baby boomers strive to help their parents make difficult decisions about their options, pressure mounts for policymakers to develop appropriate housing and services. This book brings together respected experts to discuss the answers to difficult questions about meeting the housing and support service needs of aging adults.

Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults: Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities explores in-depth the tough issues pertaining to which populations are presently being served, what their needs are, and who is being left out. You’ll learn exactly what types of services are available, who is providing them, and how are they packaged. From residential care to assisted living to institutional care, this book addresses all facets of the complicated problems of providing availability to fulfill need. This important source presents insightful analysis of the total range of issues and the challenges to progress as well as offering specific recommendations to effectively offer housing and vital long-term care supportive services to older adults.

Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults: Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities discusses in detail:

  • the argument for increased development of supportive housing for older adults—and the barriers preventing it
  • the issues related to providing a variety of housing and service options to the Medicaid population
  • two case studies that illustrate how policies aimed at linking housing and services play out at the state and local level—and the need for strong leadership and the ability to develop key partnerships as vital aspects for success
  • the interrelationship of factors regarding nursing home admission, the availability of subsidized housing, and Medicaid eligibility
  • the need for care management to be holistic—including environmental care assessment, repair, and renovation management in addition to current long-term care settings
  • creating affordable assisted living facilities for older persons receiving Medicaid services
  • the successful components of the national Coming Home Program
  • four case studies emphasizing different finance and regulatory approaches—providing lessons learned for developers, state agencies, and advocates of affordable assisted living

This vital educational resource is also an essential reference for local, state, and national policymakers, housing officials, and long-term care providers.

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Reviewer: 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136434792
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
236
File size:
4 MB

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"AN EASY-TO-READ PRIMER addressing critical community based care and housing issues for older adults during this millennium. . . . Provides A COMPREHENSIVE DISCUSSION OF THE SIGNIFICANT POLICY ISSUES, AS WELL AS REAL-LIFE MODELS of how coordinating services and housing for older adults can work. There are books addressing community-based services for older adults and other books that speak to the various housing arrangements. However, this book is one of the few that successfully makes the vital connection between these two sectors-community-based services and housing."
Dina Elani
"AN EASY-TO-READ PRIMER addressing critical community based care and housing issues for older adults during this millennium. . . . Provides A COMPREHENSIVE DISCUSSION OF THE SIGNIFICANT POLICY ISSUES, AS WELL AS REAL-LIFE MODELS of how coordinating services and housing for older adults can work. There are books addressing community-based services for older adults and other books that speak to the various housing arrangements. However, this book is one of the few that successfully makes the vital connection between these two sectors-community-based services and housing."
MHSA, Senior Policy Advisor for Community Integrated Resources, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, US Department of Health and Human Services
Victoria Cotrell
"This book is AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE FOR STUDENTS, RESEARCHERS, POLICYMAKERS, AND ACADEMICS interested in housing and supportive services for older adults. It provides a much-needed and timely analysis of the linkage between supportive services and housing for older adults. It is well written and rich with a variety of useful tables, summary recommendations, and case studies of best practice models. Together, the contributing authors provide a real understanding of the important policy issues inherent in developing affordable alternatives to institutionalized care for older adults."
PhD, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University

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