Differences in Living Arrangements Among Older Adults Transitioning Into the Community: Examining the Impact of Race and Choice

Chanee D. Fabius, Julie Robison

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Abstract

The federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration program allows nursing home residents to use Medicaid funds for home and community-based services rather than institutional care. Race, choice in housing, and challenges faced prior to transitioning may impact living arrangements following a discharge into the community. This study examines the influence of these factors on living arrangements for 659 program participants age 65 or older. Unmarried Blacks and people with financial or legal challenges are less likely to live with a live-in caregiver or in supervised housing compared with unmarried Whites. Race did not determine living arrangements among married participants, but housing transition challenges did. Findings inform policies targeting nursing home rebalancing efforts by highlighting racial diversity in living arrangements and emphasizing the need for affordable, accessible housing options for older adults of any race seeking to live in the community rather than remain in an institutional setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-478
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • LTSS
  • housing
  • living arrangements
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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