Although most Americans want to age in place, the reality, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services senior policy analyst James Toews, is that too many individuals enter long-term care institutions unnecessarily or prematurely.
Homes and communities frequently are not designed to address the needs of seniors.
Many seniors need assistance performing activities of daily living and live in environments that do not accommodate their functional limitations.
Following a catastrophic health event, 25 percent of elderly Americans who temporarily enter a nursing home will find it too difficult to leave.
identifies caregiver burnout as one of the primary barriers to aging at home â€" in the United States, family members provide about 85 percent of all caregiving.