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A comparison of home care clients and nursing home residents: can community based care keep the elderly and disabled at home?

A comparison of home care clients and nursing home residents: can community based care keep the elderly and disabled at home?

Home Health Care Services Quarterly 18(1): 25-45

Admission cohorts from the Michigan Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver program and Ohio nursing homes were compared on measures of resource utilization including a modified Resource Utilization Groups (RUG-III) system, Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), and overall case mix. We found that, contrary to previous research, the two samples were remarkably similar across RUG-III categories. However, the nursing home sample was more functionally impaired on measures of ADL functioning and overall case mix. Results of this study may inform policymakers and providers of the potential for maintaining the appropriate population in the home with government-funded home care.

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PMID: 10947561

DOI: 10.1300/j027v18n01_02

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