Growing Old in a Good Home U.S. News Online (05/21/01) Vol. 12, No. 23 p.1; Shapiro, Joseph P.
More seniors are abandoning the idea of retiring to a nursing
facility and are instead pursuing alternative living options.
Statistics show that well over 800,000 seniors reside at assisted-living
facilities, which provide the same amenities as nursing homes, except
residents are allowed to live in apartments. About 1.5 million seniors
live in independent apartments that provide basic services like meal
preparations, and some 6 million chronically ill and disabled people
receive in-house care. However, there are cons to these alternative
care options. Unlike nursing home care, for which the government pays
up to 60 percent of the tab, private care facilities receive fewer
government dollars and are more costly. What is more, the space in most
assisted living facilities is limited. Nearly 40 percent of the
vacancies in these homes are found in California, Florida, and