Study: Certain Personality Profile Increases Chances of Nursing Home Stay

A recent study found that elderly persons of a particular personality profile are more than twice as likely to receive long-term care in a nursing home.

The research team was made up of researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Public Health Sciences and the University of Chicago. They looked at 1,000 persons who filled out a questionnaire, and classified these seniors under five personality traits: neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness. These are common traits used by psychologists.

Looking at the participants' healthcare use during a two-year period, it was determined that those scoring high for neuroticism were more than twice as likely to spend time in a nursing home. Neuroticism leads to feelings of anger, anxiousness, depression or vulnerability.

A higher “openness to experience” score indicated a greater likelihood of home care use, according to researchers. 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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