The older adult population has grown tremendously since the first of the baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) turned 50 in the mid-1990s. Today, more than 63 million households—over half of the U.S. total—are headed by someone in their 50s or older. As the aging population continues to grow, there is a need for an increase in assistance with accessing resources that allow older adults to age in place successfully while living on fixed and low-incomes. To meet this need, the Department of Housing and Urban Development constructed a funding program that allows skilled and trained professionals to assist older adults and their families and others in their support systems with accessing resources in both the public and private sectors. However, the program did not include a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment tool that will guide these professionals in meeting individual and community needs. A new comprehensive assessment was developed and administered to ten residents. A comparison of care plans created from the new assessment to care plans created using the current assessment identified needs for all 10 residents that were not reported during a previous assessment. Creating a comprehensive assessment to be used by Service Coordinators working in affordable housing communities will allow for needs to be met at the homes of older adults and promote healthy and successful aging in place.
|Commitee:||Fay, John E., Kim, Ann|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Affordable housing, Assessments, HUD, Older adults, Seniors, Service coordination|
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