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The Enquirer-Herald had a really interesting article regarding younger people in nursing homes. Increasingly, nursing home are becoming a place for people of all ages. Over the past 20 years, the number of residents at nursing homes has surged. Today, people under 65 comprise almost 10% of the nursing home population.
At Orchards Rehabilitation and Care Canter, an Idaho nursing home, four out of five people are under 55. According to administrator Mindy Shepard, a lack of alternatives is the real reason for younger people are entering facilities once deemed only for the aged. “It’s not that uncommon because we have a gap in the health care system between the hospital and the nursing home,” says Sheppard.
One of the reasons for the increase in younger residents is the increase in poorly controlled chronic disease. Manny younger nursing home residents suffer from: