Elder adults prefer to age at their place. They are even afraid to be moved to Nursing Homes or similar elderly assisted living facilities. A few, who can afford expensive Retirement Community Centers learn after a few years that the original preferred society is dynamic and at their ages members die or require intensive long term care, which can be provided only at Nursing Homes. From majority of elder population point of view, about 90% prefer to stay at home and even when intensive care is required their preference is to be supplied at place.
From HMOs and Governments financial interest point of view, the cost of care grows exponentially from been supplied at elder patient’s Home to Residential Care and farther to Acute Care Units.
The Acute Cost consists of ICU, Community Hospital and Specialist Clinic, each is exponentially less expensive than the one listed in front. The same for Residential care which consists of Skilled Nurses and Assisted Living, the last be less expensive. While the elder adults age at Home the care is provided by Doctor’s Office, Chronic Disease Management at home, Community Clinic and most of the time Independent Healthy Living.
This is a win-win situation in which elder adults and Governments/ HMOs have the same goal to leave them age at home as long as possible. Of course they must be monitored and care should be handy, which means a proactive attitude to prevent the worse of frailty and elderly diseases. If these situations and symptoms are early detected there are treatments, orders of magnitude less expensive than reacting after the frailty or diseases are already in a developed stage.