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.