Nursing Home Crowd Getting Younger for Some Nursing Homes

According to recent data, nursing homes are seeing an influx of younger residents. In recent years, up to 15 percent of the residents at one facility studied are in their 50s, said the social services director at the nursing home and rehabilitation facility. The most common reasons younger residents move into nursing homes is to recover from serious accidents or because of drug- or alcohol-induced injuries, such as a stroke, she said.

These residents are then staying in the facilities because they lose their apartment or home while receiving therapy and don't have the family or money needed to leave, she said. Independent living advocates say a lack of affordable housing is a primary reason for a growing number of young people who live in nursing homes. While nursing homes play an important role in elder health, it is important that families and communities take care of their elders as well. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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