The United States' rural population of 50 million people is larger than nearly all the world's nations. How can rural communities rethink and repurpose their nursing home or other infrastructure to help people healthfully age in place? How do we reduce isolation and expand community collaboration to improve well-being? These are essential questions for America's vitality.
The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services has released a report highlighting recommendations, including some that could affect nursing homes.
The PACE program has extended to 14 rural areas in the United States. That indicates that the program can be successful in small towns, says Robert Greenwood, vice president of public affairs for the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).